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Many consider volunteer who recently died as last victim of Hurricane Katrina

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David Brown David Brown
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Many people consider a man from Indiana, who went to New Orleans as a volunteer in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, to be the last victim of the deadly storm.

David Brown, 54, of Oakland City, IN, was a firefighter for 35 years. His call to public service took him to southeast Louisiana in 2005 following Katrina. While there, he was able to provide help. However, he sustained an injury that would ultimately cost him his life.

Brown's wife said he was searching a chemical plant, which led to a deadly injury.

"Evidently, a chemical got in the bottom of his shoe," she said. "But, they work like 12 hours a day and the more he walked and more of that chemical went through. It ate through his shoe and caused a sore in the bottom of his foot."

The sore led to an infection that ended up costing Brown his leg. Brown was a diabetic, and just this month, complications from both the infection and the disease took his life.

His friends have written emails and letters to the White House in hopes President Barack Obama will honor him as the last victim of Hurricane Katrina.

Learn more about Brown and work he did in the aftermath of the storm

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