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Seminole honorary firefighter hit by car

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(IMAGE:WPMI)Seminole honorary firefighter hit by car

He was walking to church and had a bible in his hands when he was struck by a passing vehicle.

Troopers say it was an unfortunate accident as 65-year-old Albert Frank Watson, a member of the local fire department, was hit by that car in Seminole on Sunday.

Watson was trying to cross a busy Highway 90 at the time.

"A lot of people knew him, a lot of people loved him," said Julie Schach a friend and Assistant Chief at the Seminole Fire Department.

Folks remember Frank Watson waving to passing cars sitting on a bench outside the Church of Chirst on Highway 90.

Ironically, it was right across the street where Watson was struck by a car Sunday and died.

“We initiated CPR and then after that we tried the AED, it was a hopeless situation. Whenever you know someone, your adrenaline is pumping so hard,” said Fire Chief Kenny Ping.

Everyone knows it was an accident. The driver stopped. Troopers did not file charges. Thoughts today are with Watson's family.

Friends say Watson may have had special needs, but he was a big part of the Seminole community.

Fire Chief Kenny Ping and his daughter Julie remember a kind man who went out of his way to make others happy. "Even yesterday we had people pulling up to the scene that I wasn’t familiar with and they were just crying and they were upset because they knew it was him,” said Schach.

Watson was named an honorary fire fighter and, he might as well have been trained, because he attended every meeting and showed up when he was needed most.

“Frank was there. Frank, he loved the fire department and he loved his church, he loved the community. He would wave to everybody who passed through town and he’s going to be missed right here,” said friend, James Ping.

“We’re just going to miss him we’re just going to miss the guy,” said Chief Ping.

Frank Watson is survived by his mother, a brother and two sisters. The local community plans to honor him as a fire fighter.