Class Act: Local teen inspired to serve

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- One student in Alamance County spends his down time volunteering through youth fire programs in Burlington and Faucette Township.

Gary Burnette is a senior at Eastern Alamance High School, but when he's not in school, he's busy responding to emergency calls.

He's been in a training program for teens who want to become firefighters since he was 14 years old.

Burnette said his best friend, Casey, always dreamed of becoming a firefighter before he died.

When Casey passed away, Burnette decided to live his dream for him.

Burnette graduates this spring and plans to join a local fire station.