JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - On Thursday, family, friends and colleagues said goodbye to a man they call a hero in the community.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of men and women wearing black, blue and tan uniforms filled the McArthur Church in Jacksonville, where first responders from all over came to pay their respects to Lt. Jason Adams.
Those who knew and loved the 29 year-old shared memories of his bravery and service he provided for the people in the community.
"The thing about Jason and the choices he made in his life is that he just went all out, no fear. Because he wasn't worried about him. He was worried about you. You don't go out and do the jobs that these men and women do and do it for yourself, because it's not about them. It's about us," said one of the funeral attendees.
Others recalled his strength. The two-time cancer survivor was ready to get to work and begin mentoring others before he'd even graduated from the academy.
"For me personally, words are effortless when we reflect on a fallen brother. Jason Adams is family. Jason Adams is a brother. And most of all, Jason Adams is a friend," said one of Lt. Adams' fellow firefighters.
Following the ceremony, no less than 50 fire trucks lined up to escort Lt. Adams to the Arkansas Memorial Gardens.
The Adams' family has set up a memorial fund to finance training for future firefighters and first responders. To donate to that fund, visit any US Bank or visit the Sherwood Fire Department.