Warren community, first responders pay respects to fallen assistant fire chief

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WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds of firefighters and first responders converged in Warren to honor the town’s assistant fire chief, who was shot and killed last week.

Brian Remy, 66, was one of two men who were shot inside the Italian-American Club Thursday afternoon.

His death sent shockwaves throughout the community. Remy served as the assistant fire chief of the town’s volunteer department for more than 40 years and was well known among residents.

Firefighters, first responders and Warren residents lined up outside Smith Funeral & Memorial Services to pay their respects to Remy.

Warren Fire Chief James Sousa said the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.

“It’s humbling and it helps with the healing process,” he said. “You always hear about the brotherhood and the sisterhood of firefighters and police officers – it truly is.”

Sousa said Remy touched the lives of many, not only through his work with the fire department, but also his plumbing business. He called Remy “a great man who has done so much for this community.”

Following the wake, a procession in Remy’s honor took over the town’s streets.

Firefighters from departments across the state tell 12 News it’s important to be there for Remy and the town he served during this difficult time.

“You get to know everybody and that’s in the comradery,” Andrew Lema of the Harmony Fire Department in Glocester said. “It doesn’t just stop at the firehouse that you work at, it really continues out to other firehouses everywhere.”

Remy’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Bay Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Brian Remy Scholarship Fund at Roger Williams University.

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