Funeral held for fallen Marietta firefighter

The firefighter was killed while in California.

MARIETTA, GA - It was a service fit for a hero. Family and friends said goodbye to a beloved firefighter on Wednesday.

Ron Herens was killed April 10 while on vacation in Los Angeles with his fellow firefighters after an alleged drunk driver hit the vehicle he was riding in. He was just 23.

Herens was laid to rest in his hometown of Powder Springs Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of firefighters from around the country filled the seats at Trinity Chapel to pay respects to a fallen brother. 

His family shared memories filled with love and laughter. 

"I always dreamed of a man like him," said Herens' widow. "He was everything I wanted in a life partner."

 

PHOTOS | Fallen Marietta firefighter funeral

The 23-year-old firefighter came home to a hero's welcome after his body was transported from California to Georgia. 

A Los Angeles delegation of firefighters traveled 3,000 miles to attend the funeral services. They embraced two other Marietta firefighters who were injured in the crash.

More than 30 fire engines escorted the body to the burial site at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.

VIDEO | Fallen firefighter receives hero's welcome

PHOTOS | Crowds gather to remember fallen firefighter

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

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