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Friends and colleagues remember fallen Freeport Fire Chief Bradley Liggett ahead of funeral service

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Bradley Liggett

Roughly a week ago, Freeport Fire Chief Bradley Liggett suddenly passed away. Friends and colleagues talk about what his decades of service meant to the community.

BELOIT, WI (WREX) — On the day before late Freeport Fire Chief Bradley Liggett's funeral, his former colleagues reflected. 

They all say that there was only one Bradley Liggett. 

"He just found a positive light in everything," said Mark Finnegan, president of Vets Roll and friend of Liggett's since 2010. "He was the guy that was always fun to talk to."

Even with the pressure of being a part of both the Beloit and Freeport Fire Departments for over three decades, Liggett never let those he cared about down. 

"If you ever called him, it didn't matter when it was, he always had a positive attitude," said Finnegan. 

And in return, his colleagues were there for him during his last days at Beloit Memorial Hospital. Many of them participated in a processional held late last Sunday night. 

"As soon as you turned the corner onto Cranston Rd. and saw the lineup of personnel," said Joseph Murray, Beloit deputy fire chief. "I think it's something that we'll never forget."

During his time of service, Chief Liggett made it a priority to give back to his community, especially to veterans. Finnegan says helping people was a part of Liggett's DNA. 

"He was a person that couldn't just do enough to help people," said Finnegan. "He was involved in so many social programs."

Murray describes those characteristics as quintessential to being a fire fighter. 

"The one thing that we want to do is better the community," said Murray. "We want to keep the people in the community safe and he was definitely very passionate about that."

One piece of advice Murray will always remember from Chief Liggett is to have your team's back at all costs. 

"I think more than anything was just take care of the personnel that we're charged with," said Murray. 

A legacy left behind and ready to be carried on by future firefighters in the Stateline. 

Tomorrow, a visitation will be held at Central Christian Church Chapel in Beloit starting at 9:30 a.m. It will be followed a funeral service at noon. 

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