Four days after 39-year-old Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone passed away after an accident at Rangers Ballpark, thousands of people are expected to attend his funeral on Monday. Executives from the Rangers front office are expected to attend, along with a number of Stone's fellow firefighters from across the state. A memorial service will take place at First United Methodist Church in Brownwood, Texas, followed by a procession to the cemetery that is expected to include over 100 fire trucks.
Stone passed away on Thursday after falling 20 feet over a railing while trying to catch a ball. A memorial fund has been set up in his name. Stone was attending the game with his six-year-old son, whose favorite player is Josh Hamilton. When Hamilton threw a ball into the stands towards Stone and his son, Stone reached out to catch it but tragically fell over the railing onto concrete. He went into cardiac arrest en route to the hospital and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.