Shannon Stone, the firefighter who fell to his death while trying to catch a ball thrown into the stands during a Texas Rangers game last week, was buried on Monday. Hundreds of friends and family members attended the funeral, according to the Associated Press.
Stone's casket was carried by 10 of his fellow firefighters and brought to a firetruck that was waiting outside the First United Methodist Church in Brownswood, Texas. The firetruck carried the casket to the cemetery, about eight miles away and was followed by a procession that included 60 emergency vehicles. Trash collectors and farmers reportedly pulled over to join the hundreds of people lining the streets.
During the funeral, fire department chaplain David Fair tried to keep the mood light, telling funny stories about Stone that included a top-10 list that actually included 11 items, a joke about Stone's lack of math skills. Johnson County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Russek II said he knew Stone for more than 20 years and said he found the ceremony positive:
"They really, really captured the essence of what he was - a really good guy with a good sense of humor," Russek said. "He cared about people, like a true servant."