Community grieves loss of beloved fire chief, fundraisers in place to help family


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    As the Atlantic Beach community and surrounding areas mourn the loss of Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder, the outpouring of love and support is nearly palpable.

    Donations, kind words and more have embraced Snyder's family since he passed away Monday after a skiing accident over the weekend.

    If you're wondering how you can help, there are several fundraisers this week.

    The Atlantic Beach Fire Department and trucks are draped in black ribbons following Tuesday's procession to bring Snyder's body home from Charlottesville, VA.

    Several local businesses have stepped up to do what they feel is their part to help Snyder's community heal.

    The Chick-fil-A in Morehead City is donating 10% of all purchases made on Thursday to the Snyder family. Owner Patrick Conneely personally knew Snyder.

    “I think people are really still trying to process the fact that we just lost a huge leader in our community," Coneely said. "People want to do something, so we invite them to come out and eat with us and we’ll give proceeds to the family.”

    There will also be a donation table set up inside the restaurant so you can give even if you aren't able to eat there.

    The Tipsy Turtle Tavern in Atlantic Beach is holding a pig roast and a raffle for a new car, with all of the proceeds going to Snyder's family. Come out at noon on Saturday for a day of live music, college basketball and fresh roasted pig at 6 p.m.

    Munden Funeral Home posted on its website that they would be honoring Snyder on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

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