CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Many community members came out to show respect Friday for fallen firefighter Kody Vanfossan, some waiting all morning to say goodbye to their local hero.
Tonya Brock and her family patiently waited outside their home on Sylvia Avenue, along the procession path, starting at 10 a.m.
"He's a Christopher firefighter. I'm going to show my respect to our firefighters," Brock explains. "They do deserve it."
Brock wants her children including her daughter, Dawn to grow up learning the sacrifices that firefighters make, "They don't have to put out our fires. They could let the entire city burn, but they put them out to save us."
Misty Garner's parents also live on the procession path, right next to the Christopher fire station. She's overwhelmed to see the outpouring of firefighters from across our region and beyond.
"You see them in and out, all different towns. Coming to help," Garner says. "Very thankful because they didn't have to come all the way over here."
When the procession began in the afternoon, Dawn proudly held the American flag as fire truck after fire truck passed. Next to her, the rest of the family held their right arms across their chests.
The procession snaked along toward the fire department as Garner and her family also somberly stood with the American Flag. Other residents joined along side them, saying a farewell to Vanfossan before the fallen firefighter made his way to his final resting place at St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery.