Services today for Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WITN) - Expecting a large turnout, officials are making some changes to Sunday's memorial service for Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder.

The longtime fire chief died Monday in Charlottesville, Virginia after a skiing accident on Saturday.

A service honoring the life of the chief will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

Overflow parking for the service will be located at West Carteret High School on Country Club Road. Carteret County Area Transportation will provide shuttle service from the high school.

Also, One Harbor Chuch will be an overflow viewing site. It is located at 1605 Fisher Street in Morehead City.

In addition, Carteret County, the funeral home, and others will provide streaming options for those who can't attend.

There will be a Facebook live option, one stream through boxcast.tv, another from the county commissioners, as well as one from the funeral home (click on Chief Snyder's obituary for the link).


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Eastern Carolina will remember Fire Chief Adam Snyder with a special service on Sunday.

The longtime Atlantic Beach fire chief died Monday in Charlottesville, Virginia after a skiing accident on Saturday.

Munden Funeral says a service honoring the life of the chief will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

Snyder was with the fire department for 20 years, 15 of those years as its chief.


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Emergency responders honored Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder today as his body was brought home.

The 47-year-old chief died Monday after a weekend skiing accident on Saturday at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.

Escorted by Virginia State Police, and then the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the chief's body was transported in an Atlantic Beach Fire Department ambulance.

The body left Charlottesville around 1:30 p.m., passing by the Charlottesville Fire Department as firefighters stood at attention and saluted.

"I feel like I know him now since I learned so much about him from his family, from his coworkers, from his fellow fire chiefs in the area," said Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter. "So it's an amazing story of an amazing life of service."

The procession traveled down I-95 into North Carolina. Along the way, firefighters, police and other first responders stood on overpasses as a show of respect for the fallen chief.

Just before 5:00 p.m. the escort passed Rocky Mount. Firefighters, EMS workers, and just everyday people stood at attention.

The procession traveled on U.S. 70 from Goldsboro to Morehead City.

Funeral arrangements for Snyder have yet to be announced.


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An Eastern Carolina fire chief has died, two days after a tragic skiing accident in Virginia.

Atlantic Beach said Fire Chief Adam Snyder passed away this afternoon at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

The 47-year-old Snyder was critically injured in an accident Saturday afternoon at Wintergreen Resort during a family outing.

“A lot of lives have been saved by Adam Snyder and by the department under his watch. I’ve never met anyone like him,” said Mayor Trace Cooper. “Simply put, he was a hero.”

Snyder had been with the department for 20 years, the last 15 of those as chief.

The ski resort says their ski patrol was called to the Lower Sunrise slope shortly after noon. Wintergreen says Snyder was the only skier involved in the accident, but would not release any more details about what happened.

Lower Sunrise is listed as a "more difficult" slope, the second out of four classes.


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An Eastern Carolina fire chief remains in critical condition Monday morning after a weekend skiing accident in Virginia.

A spokesman for the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville tells WITN News that Adam Synder's condition hasn't changed.

The 47-year-old Snyder has been with the Atlantic Beach Fire/EMS for 20 years, 15 of those as chief.

Snyder was visiting Wintergreen Resort when he was injured Saturday.

The ski resort says their ski patrol was called to the Lower Sunrise slope shortly after noon. Wintergreen says Snyder was the only skier involved in the accident, but would not release any more details about what happened.

Lower Sunrise is listed as a "more difficult" slope, the second out of four classes.

"We honestly don't know what happened to Chief Snyder," said Wintergreen Fire and Rescue in a statement. "We certainly don't know why. All we can do is to continue to lift the chief, his family and our peers up in thought and prayer."


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Atlantic Beach Fire/EMS Chief Adam Snyder was critically injured in a snow skiing accident this weekend during a family trip to Virginia, according to town officials.

Snyder was visiting Wintergreen Resort when he was injured Saturday.

He was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where officials said Monday morning he remains in critical condition.

No further information has been released about his injuries.

The 47-year-old is a 20-year veteran of the department and has served as chief for the last 15 years.

He's also known to be a bagpiper with the Emerald Society Pipe Band.

Snyder is a United States Marine Corps veteran where he worked as a Rescue Swimmer, according to officials.

Wintergreen Fire and Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets issued a statement on Facebook, writing, "we honestly don't know what happened to Chief Snyder. We certainly don't know why. All we can do is to continue to lift the chief, his family and our peers up in thought and prayer."

Snyder’s family and members of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department are at the hospital by his side at this time.

A GoFundMe page set up for the family has raised more than $17,000 as of Monday morning.

Town officials and the department are asking the community to keep Snyder and his family in your prayers.