Family and friends paid their respects to beloved Reynolds fire chief Richard Sales on Thursday at Biltmore Church.
Sales died Sunday when his car veered off Interstate 40 as he headed to Wilmington to receive an award for his department. Just after 3 p.m., Reynolds firefighters stood in silence in two lines as Sales’ casket was brought into the church.
Outside the church, his department's trucks were parked. Inside, an American flag was draped over the chief's casket. His fire jacket and helmet with his radio number 901 were also on display.
"Not everyone can be a firefighter. I'm not ashamed to say we're a special breed. And he was a special person. He was one of those. His life was dedicated, not only through the fire service but through other organizations, to serving people," Leicester fire district chief Ted Godleski said.