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Former Savannah firefighter dies after swimming accident

(Source: Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters) (Source: Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah Professional Firefighters Association, Local 574, is remembering a fallen brother on Tuesday. An accident took the life of offduty Atlanta Firefighter Tavaris Slade over the weekend. A retired Army veteran, Firefighter Slade spent the last six years of his life with The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Prior to that, he worked as a firefighter in Savannah.

"He was a great firefighter, a great friend, a great family man," said Vice President of IAFF 574 Johnny Hinton. "That's what took him to Atlanta in 2011 was his family. But I can remember being in rookie school with him. He was always there to lend a hand when you needed him. He would offer assistance, guidance, support, whatever you needed. I can remember he was a competitor. The PT, games we were associated with, he was a competitor. He always made you strive to be better." 

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the 38-year-old firefighter was swimming at Tallulah Gorge State Park when he went underwater at the Sliding Rock trail. Authorities have not said what caused him to go under.

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