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"She said, ‘Have you heard from Buck? She told me they had called him up there, and she couldn’t get a hold of him," Marek said.

They spent the next few hours frantically searching for the father of three, who coached baseball, played drums in a band and whose phone was always ringing with people seeking help. Sometimes it was a truck stuck in a ditch or a house that flooded or a neighbor who needed a hand moving furniture.

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Every time, Marek said, Uptmore would go.

"Why did they have to call him? He was safe at home with his family," Marek said. "But you know, if he hadn’t gone, he wouldn’t have been Buck."




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