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'He was what every firefighter should be': Truro mourns loss of Skyler Blackie

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Blackie was in his late 20s and had been with the Truro fire department for five years. © Facebook Blackie was in his late 20s and had been with the Truro fire department for five years.

There's grief throughout Truro, N.S., for a firefighter who died Wednesday after being injured during training earlier this month.

Skyler Blackie was originally from Fall River, N.S. He was critically injured March 9 while participating in a routine exercise at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in Waverley.

"He was just a great firefighter. He was what every firefighter should be," said Blois Currie, chief of the Truro Fire Service.

"We're all here at the department and everybody's dropping in and supporting us. We're just trying to make it through the next couple of days before we start making funeral arrangements."

Blackie was in his late 20s and had been with the Truro fire department for five years. 

'Overwhelming' support

Currie said Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency has been a significant help to his department during this difficult time.

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"They have sent the critical incident stress team to support us," he said. "I don't know — it's just overwhelming the support that we're getting."

Halifax firefighters are also offering to cover shifts to give the Truro department time to grieve.

"I don't know if the public could just say a prayer for the family and support them in any way they can," Currie said. "Our concentration will be on his wife and his family and trying to help them through this process also."

The Town of Truro also shared a message with the community.

"Truro has lost a young, outgoing, charismatic man who will be missed deeply by his wife, his family, his family of firefighters and coworkers," the statement said.

Few details have been released about the incident, which is being investigated by the province's Department of Labour. The department said Wednesday its investigation is ongoing and it had no further information to share. 

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