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Mitchell County hero passes away

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Folks in Mitchell County are mourning the loss of a dedicated emergency worker.

24-year-old Robbie Butler was a volunteer Baconton Firefighter and a shift supervisor at Mitchell County E 9-1-1.

He battled Cystic Fibrosis and was waiting for a lung transplant when he died suddenly this week.

Now his coworkers, family and friends are feeling the effects of their loss.

"Right now everybody is hurt, we are feeling a tremendous loss. Robbie cannot be replaced. 24-years-old he has touched young and old alike," said Chief David Forrester Baconton Fire Department.

Co-workers praise Robbie's work ethic.  They say he never asked for a day off in his last eight months working at Mitchell County E 9-1-1.

"Robbie never asked for a day off. He wanted to be here he wanted to dispatch. The dispatchers that worked under his supervision enjoyed working with him and they looked up to Robbie to lead them and make the right decisions for the citizens of Mitchell County,' said Randy Johnson Mitchell County E 9-1-1 Director.

When a challenge presented itself, friends say Robbie never hesitated to step up and do the right thing.

"His capacity to do the things would not be what you or I could do, but he made himself do it. He didn't want anybody to help him he wanted to do it on his own. He pushed himself and made himself do it. Robbie was a true asset to the Fire Department and an inspiration to all of us," said Chief Forrester.

"He would not let you know when he could not do his job. I never saw him at a point where he couldn't do his job. Robbie was going to make it happen, he was the go to man," said Johnson.

Robbie's boss says no one will ever be able to replace Robbie Butler, and his memory will live on with everyone who knew him.

Robbie Butler's funeral will be Thursday November 7th at 2PM at Parker Bramblett Funeral Home in Camilla.


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