Honorary NC trooper passes away

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- We're sad to report that a teen battling cancer who was the subject of multiple ABC11 stories has passed away.

We first met Howell Brown last summer when a local Spiderman performer held a fundraiser for him.

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We saw him again last September when he got his dance video birthday wish.

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During his cancer fight, Howell got the chance to be an honorary sheriff -- of several counties -- and a state trooper. He met NASCAR drivers and hung out with the vice president.

In a news release, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said troopers statewide are mourning his passing.

"He served as an inspiration to many, never allowing his medical condition to deter his positive outlook," the NCHP said.

"Howell provided an example for each of us to live by", said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. "Although he is no longer with us, we will never forget the positive influence he provided for so many."

A funeral service has been scheduled to take place at Duke Chapel in Durham on Wednesday, August 30 followed by a private burial. The State Highway Patrol's Honor Guard will provide full honors during the service, along with remarks provided by Col. McNeill.
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