BRAXTON COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—Funeral arrangements have been announced for a firefighter who died trying to save a woman and her daughter in Braxton County.
John Dean Forbush’s visitation will take place on Monday, May 9 at Gassaway Baptist Church from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
His funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at the church. Reverend Mark Stump will officiate the ceremony.
Interment will be in the Frame Cemetery, Stumbo.
The family is asking for donations to be made to the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department in lieu of flowers. The fire department’s address is 105 Fifth Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.
The Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway says that words of comfort and fond memories can be sent to the family on the funeral home website.
Multiple first responder agencies helped escort John Forbush back to his hometown of Gassaway on Wednesday. DOH workers, police, firefighters and EMS lined almost every overpass along the hour journey from Charleston to Gassaway on I-79.
Forbush’s fiancé Amber Frame shared the following statement with WOWK 13 News in his memory:
He was one of the hardest working, goal driven people. He was compassionate and worked as hard as he possibly could to concur every dream that he and I set our minds too.
One of the things I admired about him the most was no matter how awful his life has been, he always kept going and never made any excuses. He was always cracking jokes. He was the president of West Fork Riding Club also and enjoyed riding horses.
His favorite things were his family, friends, his business, trucks, and his animals. His heart was golden and I know for a fact he would attempt to save them even if you told him what the outcome would’ve been.Amber Frame