- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) - Residents of several New Hampshire communities are mourning the death of an 18-year-old who was about to join a local fire department.

Hundreds of people lined the street in front of ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough on Tuesday to pay tribute to recent grad Cole Wohle, who died Saturday after riding a horse in a rodeo in Castleton, Vermont. He suffered an unknown medical emergency.

Members of his football team were part of the crowd honoring the starting defensive player. Friends displayed American flags and almost a dozen fire trucks from surrounding towns took part in a procession escorting his coffin from Vermont to a Peterborough funeral home.

Wohle, who was from Francestown, was a member of the Francestown Fire Department’s Explorer Program, which his younger brother also joined. His father is a firefighter, and he planned to follow in his footsteps.

Fire Chief Larry Kullgren said Wohle and his family moved to Francestown from Nevada. His parents own a general store.

“Cole was a remarkable young man with a can-do attitude, well-liked in the community,” Kullgren told WMUR-TV. “This is certainly a tragic loss.”

The department said in a statement, “He cared for the department, his explorer post and the fine traditions of the service. It is not often that someone touches so many people, so deeply in such a short time.”

A service is planned Sunday at the Old Meeting House in Francestown.

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