Muscle Shoals Fire Department and community rally around family during tragedy

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - When tragedy strikes, they are the people who run toward it, no matter the risk. But firefighters band together and lift up their own when they experience personal tragedy.

One Muscle Shoals firefighter is in the midst of an unfathomable tragedy.

“None of us could go back to sleep, we’re devastated,” said Muscle Shoals firefighter Josh Jordan. “He’s our family, that’s our family.”

Firefighter Ben Chester’s turn-outs lay right where he left them early Wednesday morning.

Around 1 A.M. his wife Julia, who was 37 weeks pregnant, alerted Ben she was going into labor and it was time to go to the hospital.

When Ben arrived home, he found his wife dead and their unborn child was unable to be saved.

“We go on calls all the time and we experience death,” explained Jordan. “But to experience that in your own life that tragic, you can’t prepare yourself for that. Nobody can, not even us that we deal with it all the time.”

The Muscle Shoals Fire Department has set up a public memorial fund to help Ben and their two children.

It’s a way to help lift up a brother who has unselfishly helped countless others in their darkest moments.

“Heartbroken, we’re hurting for him,” said Jordan. “We’re trying to do everything we can to make this situation better, if it can be better.”

Here is a link to the memorial fund which has been set up for Ben and Julia Chester with “plumfund”.

The family says they would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this most difficult time.