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Funeral held for HRM firefighter who died saving son

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to support the family of a fireman who drowned trying to save his son. Jesse Thomas has more.

The funeral for a Halifax Regional Municipality firefighter who died saving his son will be held in Lawrencetown, N.S., Monday afternoon.

Sam London, 37, died at Drysdale Falls in Tatamagouche, N.S., on July 9.

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According to an online crowdfunding campaign, London died while rescuing his son, who became stuck in whirlpool. The page says London was swept into the undercurrent and died as a result.

London worked at Station 18 on Main Street in Westphal. According to his obituary, he was a firefighter for 15 years and is being remembered for his “bravery and commitment to keeping the community safe.”

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“He loved watching all sports, but most of all he loved watching his children’s games,” the obituary reads. “He loved exercise, playing any kind of sport and was a loyal Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

“He was a hard-worker who prioritized spending time with his family and friends; his quick but quiet humour will be sadly missed and loved forever.”

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London’s Celebration of Life will take place at the Good Shepherd Church in Lawrencetown starting at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow.

The online crowdfunding campaign for London’s family has so far raised over $48,500.

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