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Remembering fallen heroes through music

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The North Carolina Public Safety Pipes and Drums is a group of musicians made up predominately of firemen and police officers in Eastern Carolina.

The group started back in 2008 in order to provide music at funerals of fallen brothers and sisters in the public safety line of work. Scott Stanton, a Greenville police officer, said it was a much needed service.

"They had played a CD of Amazing Grace, and I'm a New Yorker where there's a lot of bagpipes. So I was kind of annoyed by that," Stanton said.

Beyond playing a funerals, the group also tries to educate the public about Irish and Celtic heritage.

"200 or 300 years ago, the only people that would do these jobs were the Irish and the Scots when they moved to this country," Stanton said. "And it was tradition over there to play the bagpipes at their funerals, so it became tradition in the fire service and the police service to also have."

Stanton says the group has allowed him to make friends with other police officers and firefighters in Eastern Carolina. He looks forward to continuing to honor those who sacrificed their life in the line of duty.

"I've played for three of my friends, who locally have been killed since then," he said. "That's why we do this. That's why everybody has their own story. But that's my story."

For more information on the group, you can visit their website.
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