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Dec 21, 2015 6:08 PM

Firefighters from across NH flock to Concord to honor fallen brother Bob Pragoff


CONCORD - The bond within fire service was clear Monday evening as firefighters from across the state honor the life of a fallen brother.

Bob Pragoff, 62 of Deering, died unexpectedly Friday after suffering a heart attack.

For the past 10 years, Pragoff worked as an instructor at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord. Officials at the academy say this is a huge loss not just for their department, but they feel like they've lost a part of their family.

Monday, a procession of his brother and sister firefighters from multiple departments led Pragoff’s body home to the academy, where they paused for a moment in front of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Before his work in Concord, Pragoff served 25 years on the Deering Fire Department where he retired as assistant chief.

He's being remembered as a good, hard-working man who loved fun.

“He really did have a love and a passion for what he did and you could see whenever he talked to people whether it was meeting somebody new or one of the brothers and sisters here at the Academy, he just had a passion for people and a passion for the fire service and a passion for what he did,” said Director Deborah Pendergast, Division of Fire Standards, Training & EMS.

Deputy Chief Andy Anderson has known Pragoff from 30 years and years will take time for everyone to heal.

“It’s been very, very difficult to deal with this. He was close to all of use, it’s an incredible loss,” Anderson said.

Pragoff is survived by his wife and three children.

A funeral service will be held at the Fire Academy on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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