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TRURO – A regimental funeral service will be held March 30 for Skyler Blackie, a firefighter with the Truro Fire Service who was critically injured during a training session earlier this month.

The 28-year-old passed away March 20, 11 days after being injured at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School.

Blackie’s family issued a statement to media the day after his passing, while asking for privacy as they grieve.

The statement, attributed to Jessica Gillis, Blackie’s sister, says, “we lost our son, brother, husband, and uncle, while the world lost a truly beautiful soul and dedicated firefighter.”

On behalf of the family, the statement thanks the Truro and Halifax fire services for their support during this challenging time.

“We also are so appreciative of the professional care Skyler received from the ICU nurses, doctors, and staff at the QEII Health Sciences Centre – Halifax Infirmary Site,” the statement continues.

“We want to also thank the community at large for their prayers and support; they have not gone unnoticed.”

The service for the firefighter will begin at 11 a.m. March 30, at the Colchester Legion Stadium.

The obituary for Blackie says he was surrounded by the love of his family and firefighting community. Through his gift of donation, Blackie’s legacy and strength will live on in others.

Along with being a firefighter, Blackie was a certified life guard for which he received a medal for his life-saving efforts. He began volunteering as a firefighter at the age of 18, training with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services. He served as lieutenant at Station 45 in Fall River prior to moving to Truro.

He is described as a “charismatic, funny, outgoing and kind individual who touched everybody’s heart.”

He helped raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and prostate cancer as lead of the charitable committee for the fire hall, and participated yearly in “Movember”.

The province’s Department of Labour continues to investigate the incident.