Firefighters travel miles to honor Lt. Jason Adams

Seeing the dozens of fire engines lining the parking lot showed just how strong the brotherhood of a fire department really is

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Firefighters travel miles to honor Lt. Jason Adams on Thursday.

You name the department and odds are, they were there today.

Seeing the dozens of fire engines lining the parking lot - shows just how strong the brotherhood of a fire department really is.

Saying goodbye is never easy. "He was a good, a real good man," said Robert Foley.

"When you have family to lean on, it sometimes helps to ease the pain. At a time of crisis we all pull together."

Two rows of dozens and dozens of people from fire departments from all over the state of Arkansas, came to support one another.

Firetrucks from Little Rock, Beaverfork, Weiner, Rose Bud, White Hall, Sherwood and Austin were present, just to name a few. All of them lined the drive transporting hundreds of firefighters who gathered to pay their respects to Lt. Jason Adams.

"Wonderful guy. Absolutely wonderful," said Tim Edwards.

Adams died after being shot while responding to an emergency call.

"[He was] a very good asset to the fire service."

Dying while doing what he was most passionate about gives some of his former colleagues comfort.

"We spend a third of our life with each other. We stay at the station and we come to know each other and become family," said Edwards.

Side by side, a brotherhood made up of firefighters who both knew and did not know Adams personally, stood in solidarity to honor him.

 "As a firefighter it makes the pain a little bit easier. If you knew the person it makes it a little bit easier to know you have people supporting you and that are there for you and able to help you with what you might need," said Edwards.

Not only were departments there to attend the funeral, but some like the Jacksonville Fire Department even volunteered their services to assist with the procession and parking. 

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