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Abilene Fire Department mourns the loss of fallen firefighter

Mike Degering

The Abilene Fire Department continues to mourn the loss of one of their own this week.

Abilene firefighter Mike Degering, 44, passed away last week after getting in a motorcycle crash in Colorado in September.

Now, Abilene firefighters are reflecting on Degering's selfless personality.

"Mike was one of those giving people. He had a true heart of gold. He would do anything for anybody," said Abilene firefighter Cody Davis.

"It was a shock and it was a loss and I think it just caught us off guard," said Jimmy Hall, President of the Abilene Professional Fire Fighter's Association.

Davis worked alongside Degering and was also his riding partner in a motorcycle club for firefighters.

According to Davis, memories of Degering consist of him helping other people.

"He didn't want recognition or for people to know what he did because he wasn't looking for that recognition, he did it because it was the right thing," Davis said.

While Abilene firefighters are mourning the loss of their friend and co-worker, they are comforted to be receiving support from firefighters across the United States, which serves as a reminder to them that they are not alone.

"We've had firefighters as far as Washington state that have visited or called or sent cards and so that part of it is a little reassuring," Hall said.

Along with receiving support from outside of the community, the City of Abilene also offered its condolences to those who knew and loved Degering.

"First time the City of Abilene has lost an active duty firefighter in some time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, the community and our firefighters today," said Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna.

Mike Degering will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

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