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Hundreds of mourners lined the streets for the funeral of the ‘hero’ teenager who died after diving into a canal to save the life of his friend.

Logan Folger, 14, raced to his terrified friend’s rescue after she found herself in difficulty in the canal near Mill Green in Staveley, Chesterfield, on August 18. 

The brave teenager, who got into difficulty after jumping into the water, was pulled out of the water by firefighters and rushed to hospital in a serious condition, but tragically died three days later.

Today, mourners turned out to pay their respects to Logan as his body was carried to Staveley Methodist Church on a Honda Goldwing trike hearse, before his burial at Staveley Cemetery. 

Logan Folger, 14, raced to his friend's rescue after she found herself in difficulty in the canal near Mill Green in Staveley, Chesterfield, on August 18

Logan Folger, 14, raced to his friend's rescue after she found herself in difficulty in the canal near Mill Green in Staveley, Chesterfield, on August 18

Logan Folger, 14, raced to his friend’s rescue after she found herself in difficulty in the canal near Mill Green in Staveley, Chesterfield, on August 18

The teenager's coffin was carried into Staveley Methodist Church before his burial at Staveley Cemetery today

The teenager's coffin was carried into Staveley Methodist Church before his burial at Staveley Cemetery today

The teenager’s coffin was carried into Staveley Methodist Church before his burial at Staveley Cemetery today

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets for the funeral of the teenage boy who was described as 'a hero to his family, to his friends, to this community'

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets for the funeral of the teenage boy who was described as 'a hero to his family, to his friends, to this community'

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets for the funeral of the teenage boy who was described as ‘a hero to his family, to his friends, to this community’

His heartbroken mother Stacey Bentley, penned an emotional tribute to Logan and his sister, who died a few years ago, which she bravely read out at the service.

She said: ‘Heaven needed another angel, I guess it wasn’t enough to just take one.

‘They already took your big sister, now they’ve taken our son.

‘We love and miss you both so dearly, if only we could make you stay – our hearts would be whole again, and all this pain would go away.

‘Son, you are our hero, so caring and so kind.

‘We are proud of every part of you, we just wish you didn’t have to leave us behind.

‘Please always remember my precious blue eyed boy – you’re my hero, my pride and my joy.’

Reverend Richard Harris described the popular teenager as ‘a hero to his family, to his friends, to this community’.

He said: ‘In the sadness of this day, the day that we never thought we’d have to face, we nonetheless remember the courage of a brave young man.

‘His bravery saved the life of a friend.’

Rev Harris said Logan was ‘completely unique, always entertaining, a lovable rogue and always on the go’.

He added: ‘People were drawn to him, his warmth, his generosity, his friendship, his infectious smile. 

Family and friends attended the funeral of the 14-year-old boy who raced to his terrified friend's rescue after she found herself in difficulty last month

Family and friends attended the funeral of the 14-year-old boy who raced to his terrified friend's rescue after she found herself in difficulty last month

Family and friends attended the funeral of the 14-year-old boy who raced to his terrified friend’s rescue after she found herself in difficulty last month

Mourners turned out to pay their respects to Logan as his body was carried through Staveley to Staveley Methodist Church on a Honda Goldwing trike hearse

Mourners turned out to pay their respects to Logan as his body was carried through Staveley to Staveley Methodist Church on a Honda Goldwing trike hearse

Mourners turned out to pay their respects to Logan as his body was carried through Staveley to Staveley Methodist Church on a Honda Goldwing trike hearse

Logan's mother Stacey Bentley described her son her 'hero, pride and joy' during the funeral service at Staveley Methodist Church. Pictured: Floral tributes left for Logan

Logan's mother Stacey Bentley described her son her 'hero, pride and joy' during the funeral service at Staveley Methodist Church. Pictured: Floral tributes left for Logan

Logan’s mother Stacey Bentley described her son her ‘hero, pride and joy’ during the funeral service at Staveley Methodist Church. Pictured: Floral tributes left for Logan 

Mourners paid their respects to the teenage boy as his body was carried through to Staveley Methodist Church before his burial

Mourners paid their respects to the teenage boy as his body was carried through to Staveley Methodist Church before his burial

Mourners paid their respects to the teenage boy as his body was carried through to Staveley Methodist Church before his burial

An inquest heard that Logan jumped into the water to try and help his friend but got into difficulty himself on August 18

An inquest heard that Logan jumped into the water to try and help his friend but got into difficulty himself on August 18

An inquest heard that Logan jumped into the water to try and help his friend but got into difficulty himself on August 18

‘Logan made everyone smile – that was true right from the beginning.

‘He was deeply compassionate, thoughtful, kind, a tremendously good listener.

‘Popular, empathetic, respectful and never nasty, Logan had a genuine interest in other people and helped a lot of people.

‘Polite and well-mannered, he’d been brought up well – and he brought great joy to his family, friends and the wider community.’

‘Logan had a lot more to give – but he’d already been giving throughout his life, and it’s important we remember that.

‘Tragedy has taken him too soon.

‘His life was rich, rewarding, happy, and he has brought so much light, so much that is good, so much laughter and enjoyment – and we can always hold on to those memories and treasure them. He was a hero.’

An inquest heard Logan jumped into the water to try and help his friend last month.

Following his death Derbyshire Police said: ‘Our thoughts are with Logan’s family and friends at this time.

‘We do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances and a file is being prepared for the coroner.’ 

Opening his inquest, Derbyshire coroner Peter Nieto said: ‘The initial circumstances reported by police are that on August 18, Logan was swimming with two friends in the canal at Staveley.

‘One of his friends got into difficulty, and Logan and the other friend went to assist but Logan got into difficulty himself.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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