Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder, 47, died Monday afternoon from injuries sustained in a weekend skiing incident.
The Town of Atlantic Beach announced his passing at the Charlottesville, Virginia's University of Virginia Medical Center in a press release late Monday, and spoke of his "remarkable work" in the town as well as with local firefighting agencies, which the town said led to him being "one of the most respected" fire chiefs in the state.
“A lot of lives have been saved by Adam Snyder and by the department under his watch. I’ve never met anyone like him,” Atlantic Beach Mayor Trace Cooper is quoted as saying in the release. “Simply put, he was a hero.”
Snyder was on a weekend trip with his family at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia when he was injured, the town wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. Following the incident he was immediately transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Snyder, who has served with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department for 20 years and the last 15 as chief, is a Marine Corps veteran, according to the town's post. He was rescue swimmer in the Marine Corps and as a firefighter is known for numerous first responder involvements and lifesaving actions.
"The Town of Atlantic Beach desires to thank the members of the Charlottesville Fire Department for their kindness shown in reaching out to the Snyder family," the town wrote. "We would also like to extend thanks to Chief Jamie Fulk and the Morehead City Fire Dept., the Carteret County Fire Marshalls Office and all surrounding county Fire Fighting/EMS agencies for their continued support to the ABFD."
The town asked the public to keep the chief and his family in their prayers during this time.
A Go Fund Me page was set up Sunday to raise money for Snyder's family and had raised more than $24,000 as of early Monday evening. To donate, visit GoFundMe.com/Adam-Snyder.