Family remembers longtime Campbell Co. paramedic who beat the odds to serve others

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Brian Custer's life came to a sudden end earlier this week, at the age of 44.

He was born with spina bifida, a side affect from his father contracting the disease-causing Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Custer spent nearly 20 years as a paramedic and several of those years with the Campbell County Rescue Squad.

His multiple medical surgeries ultimately forced him into retirement.

He then spent more than a year in the hospital from an unexpected illness until his death Sunday.

"It's not something we'll ever get over, by any means, but we will get through it. We're very fortunate to have our church and a wonderful pastor and our faith," said his wife, Emilee Custer.

"I looked up to him a lot for everything, spiritual advice and guidance and just every day life, you know, how to be a good husband, how to be a good father," said Matt Kimball, his brother-in-law.

Custer's family said they'll also remember his humor, and they say his legacy will live on in the community and through his children.

A viewing was held on July 20, and his funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 21. For service information, click here.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help cover funeral costs. To donate, click here.

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