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Apopka community holds vigil to remember fallen firefighter Austin Duran

APOPKA, Fla. — The community came together Thursday night for a vigil to wrap their arms around the family of a fallen Apopka firefighter.

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Firefighter Austin Duran died last week after fighting for weeks to recover from injuries he received in the line of duty.


“This department has come together to honor a former brother and what a beautiful tribute this is,” one vigil attendee said.

Photos: Austin Duran vigil

Those who worked with Duran said being a firefighter was his dream.

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“It means a lot. We lost a member of our family,” said Ed Bowman, father of fire chief Brian Bowman.

His death has left the Apopka community devastated.

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