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Retired Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter killed in crash remembered by family

12:17 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hours after Bruce Hedrick was killed in a one car crash on Wednesday, his family said they are still in shock.

"We're never going to see him walk back in that door again," said his daughter Krystle Fooks.

"I kind of knew when he said a detective was on his way out here," said Hedrick's wife Debbie.

Although police have not said what caused the crash, Debbie Hedrick said her husband had a pacemaker and a defibrillator and wonders if it played a part in the crash.

"What makes me think the defibrillator went off was that he said he was going around a curve and just went straight and hit the pole," Debbie said.

A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter for almost 30 years, Debbie said her husband was dedicated to his work, receiving Firefighter of the Year in 1998 and multiple medals of bravery.

"He was the third most decorated fireman when he retired," said Debbie.

She said Hedrick was also a family man, married more than 30 years with a son and daughter.

"He just liked to do things with the family. He loved all of us going out and doing things together," said Fooks.

Pictures with her father at her wedding are now memories Krystle will treasure.

"Very loving. That man did everything for us. He did everything for us. I don't know how we're going to live without him," said Fooks.

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