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CHALMETTE, La. - Several fire engines parked by the St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home Friday as the community paid its respects to two deceased firefighters who crashed into a tree while off duty.

Tommy Ashby, 28, and Scott Blanchard, 27, died Sunday in Long Beach, Mississippi.

The funeral services for firefighters Ashby and Blanchard will be held collectively Friday at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, at 701 W. Virtue St. in Chalmette, according to the NOFD.

Ashby, a six-year veteran of the department, was assigned to Engine #14 on the 2nd platoon, and Blanchard, a three-year veteran of the department, was assigned to Engine #37 on the 2nd platoon, according to the NOFD.

Public Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., with a jointly held Memorial Service beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Accounts have been set up to assist the families of both firefighters. Donations to the Firefighter Scott P. Blanchard Foundation and the Firefighter Tommy Ashby Foundation can be made at any Chase Bank location.

'Two young firefighters killed in an unfortunate accident with a very good future ahead of them. You just can't put it in words. It's not possible,' said Joseph Buras, retired NOFD Chief.

'They were really good guys and young. That's kind of what stands out in my mind that they were young. I was probably around their age when I can on so that's kind of tough.I think alot of guys are still kind of in a state of shock, feel pretty sad, and just miss them,' added Cpt. Roy L. Simmons, Jr.

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