Duncan and Fowler remembered as helpers

FALKNER–It has been said that only the good die young. That case can certainly be made as family and friends remember the life of Chad Duncan and Harley Fowler, two Falkner High School students killed in a traffic accident last week. Lee Elliott, a seven-year member of the Tippah County Search and Rescue Team, said Duncan and Fowler had recently completed certification to join the organization. The search and rescue team is responsible for helping locate lost individuals such as children and the elderly. Elliott is second-in-command with the rescue team and remembered both teenagers as wanting to help others any way they could. amp”They were young and new to it, but they just wanted to be out there and help people,amp” said Elliott. amp”They had just joined the team and just passed the certification training at Hell Creek about two weeks ago. They were going to be out in the field and help as man trackers.amp” Elliott said the training involved a lot of classroom work, covering basic search and rescue knowledge, and the two youths went though a mock search, which lasted approximately 10 hours. The two also learned how to interview family members to gain information to help search and locate lost individuals. amp”They were both really good kids and I can’t express just how good of a kid each one was,amp” Elliott said. amp”They just wanted to be out there and help people and I’m just honored to have known them.amp” Duncan was also a member of the Falkner Volunteer Fire Department, according to Chief Petie Rutherford. Rutherford added that Fowler wanted to join as well but was not permitted only because he lived outside of Falkner’s district. Rutherford said that Duncan joined the department in 2007 and although he was not a full member, he was in training. amp”He was learning,amp” Rutherford said. amp”He was going to be a good fireman. He was real interested and he didn’t care to get in there and get his hands dirty.amp”

Kedrick Storey