MARIETTA, Ga. -- The body of a fallen Marietta firefighter is finally home.

Ron Herens was killed, Monday, while on vacation in Los Angeles. A suspected drunk driver hit the vehicle he and two other firefighters were in. He was flown back to Atlanta early Saturday morning followed by a procession composed of his fellow Marietta firefighters and other emergency agencies in Cobb County who escorted him back to the city.

"Ron Herens was the finest young man you could ever meet," Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs said. "He was just a bright spot in our fire department. He had a great sense of humor and loved his job.


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He added that Herens loved what he did and loved the fire service.

"We're just at a complete loss for having a young man taken away from us that had so much to give to the fire service," Gibbs said.

Funeral arrangements were announced earlier in the week. A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs, Ga. The 23-year-old will lie in state one hour prior to the service. He will be buried at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.

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