POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 8:06am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 8:09am
BROWNWOOD, Texas - Last thursday night, firefighter Shannon Stone took his young son to a Texas Rangers baseball game. When a Rangers player tossed a ball to give to his son, Stone fell over a railing and was killed.
Monday afternoon, Shannon Stone's friends, family and colleagues turned out to say goodbye.
With full firefighter honors, Shannon Stone, 39, was laid to rest. The firefighters Stone spent the last 18 years with carried his casket to the fire engine.
Michelle Harvey was a friend of Stone's and remembers him as a caring person, "He was kind of like that keystone person that just took care of everybody else there."
One by one, they placed Stone's helmet and fire uniform in the fire engine beside him. His wife and 6 year old son Cooper walked slowly behind.
The procession, with dozens of fire trucks from across the state and hundreds more vehicles, stretched for miles. 6 year old cooper jumped on the fire truck to take one final ride with his father, who loved him so much.
"They talked about Cooper a lot. They talk about how they were extremely close, him and his dad" saud Harvey.
Brownwood residents looked on with heavy hearts as the procession drove by.
"They read a number of poems that just described his as a man and as a servant, and just someone with a giving and caring heart someone that put people in front of himself" said Harvey.
Pam McDaniel did not know Shannon Stone personally, but was a member of the community, "We're out here to show our support as a community I mean it was a horrible thing that happened to one of our own."
Gloria Salazar is another Brownwood resident who showed up to show her support, "It's just so sad and it's just a small token that we could do to show our our loyalty and support to the family and cooper."
An entire community affected by the loss of a proud father, husband and fireman. Stone was given a final salute as he arrived to his final resting place.
Harvey said she got one final chance to say goodbye, "He's going to be missed, he was definitely loved. It's a close community."