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On Thursday, February 2, 2009 band members Dave Hamelin and Patrick McArdle participated in the funeral services honoring the life of former state insurance commissioner Jim Long, who died Monday after suffering a stroke. Long, 68, also served as the state’s fire marshal, and his flag-draped casket was carried to the church on an antique fire engine. An honor guard of firefighters carried the casket into the church, and his fire marshal’s hat sat next to the casket in front of the church. The band was honored by the request of the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation to be a part of the services. News footage and more information on Mr. Long can be found on the WRAL website here:



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