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Funeral held for firefighter killed in motorcycle accident

HORRY COUNTY, SC ( WMBF) - Hundreds of firefighters and first responders gathered to say their final goodbyes to North Myrtle Beach Firefighter Jennifer Hanna Monday. The firefighter was killed last week during a motorcycle accident.

Family and friends described Hanna as a focused and driven woman that loved life.  Hanna had a passion for helping people and fellow firefighters said she will be greatly missed. 

Hundreds of family members, friends, fellow firefighters and first responders gathered at Beach Church, in Myrtle Beach, to pay their respects to the woman they said was beautiful inside and out. 

Jennifer Hanna, age 37, died at the hospital around 6:38 p.m. from injuries she sustained in the accident, according to Tamara Willard, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol officials, on October 7 around 4:53 p.m., a 2007 Hyundai was travelling north on Highway 319 and attempted to turn left on Old Tram Road in front of the 2009 Harley Davidson traveling south, causing the motorcycle to strike it.

Mad Max, part of the Reapers of South Carolina Biker Club, said everybody tried to be just like Jennifer.  "A lot of people in the community knew Jenny and everybody loved her," said Mad Max.

Friends say Hanna died while riding the same motorcycle that claimed the life of her husband, Mitch Hanna, just nine months ago. Mitch Hanna was killed when his motorcycle and collided with a station wagon off Enoch road in Horry County in January 2015.

Mitch Hanna had been a firefighter with Horry County Fire Rescue for more than nine years. 

Family said Jennifer's love for her husband sparked her passion to become a firefighter.

Keith Williams, Fire Marshal, North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, said Hanna served the department, working on ladder 734. 

She was first a volunteer firefighter for Horry County Fire Rescue. She also worked as a dispatcher for North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, before a firefighter/EMT in January 2015. 

"She had a great desire, she was a very strong and diligent person and had a great love and passion for the fire service," said Williams. 

The church was filled with service men and men from just about every department in the county, all there to say goodbye to their fallen firefighter.

Hanna was well-known in the biker community, those that knew her said she loved her bike. "She loved riding she was a daredevil," add Mad Max.

Dozens of bikers some that knew her, others did not, showed up to take one last ride with their fellow biker. 

Her friends said she believed in living life to the fullest everyday. Mad Max added, "She lived life passionately and it was infectious how she lived life."

At Hanna's funeral service, many said they became closer to her after the death of her husband, and they said the couple loved each other dearly.

One firefighter told those in attendance they should think of the couple's reunion as an endless love. 

A private prayer service was held for the family after services today. Jennifer Hanna was a Florida native.

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