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First responders come together to honor fallen firefighter in Glendale

Jimmy Armstrong, Hardin County EMS Jimmy Armstrong, Hardin County EMS
Chief Froman Peters, Upton Fire Department Chief Froman Peters, Upton Fire Department
Chief Michael Hulsey, Elizabethtown Fire Department Chief Michael Hulsey, Elizabethtown Fire Department
GLENDALE, KY (WAVE) - A small town hit by tragedy came together on Sunday to remember a firefighter who died in the line of duty. 
Jonathan French was killed on Wednesday after a semi hit him and injured his mother while they were fighting a fire. 

The family shared an exclusive look inside that memorial with WAVE 3 News, as first responders from 20 different agencies came together at the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department.

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"It really goes to show you how close knit we are," said Jimmy Armstrong from Hardin County EMS.

"It's a brotherhood from one side of the US to the other," said Upton Fire Chief Froman Peters.
 
"It's heart wrenching in a way, however, we knew he was doing what he loved to do," said Armstrong.
 
On Wednesday, French lost his life while on duty when a semi truck hit him as he was battling a van fire along I-65.  His mother, Lisa
French, also fighting that fire, was hurt in the crash and survived. 
     
Firefighters and police officers lined interstate 65 and the streets of downtown Louisville, flying American flags and saluting to
honor the fallen first responder.
 
"Jefferson County, I can't say enough for those guys,"  said Chief of Elizabethtown Fire Department Michael Hulsey. "When we went up to the med center to bring Jonathan home, they had all the bridges covered standing there and all."
 
"Gave me cold chills to see that reaction," said Chief Peters. Chief Peters is related to the French family.

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"Hits home," said Peters. "Always hurts a lot more when it hits home.  Something that the departments in this part of the state have
never seen."
 
A family member shared a photo inside the Glendale Fire Department while the memorial was going on with WAVE 3 News.  French's casket
was draped by an American flag. 
 
A small community, with big hearts, who will miss this young man dearly.

"This is a proven point that it can happen any day, anytime, in any community," said Armstrong.
 
Chief Hulsey says Jonathan's mother, Lisa, is out of the hospital and was at Saturday's memorial.
     
Visitation for Jonathan French is Sunday and Monday at the First Christian Church in Elizabethtown -- with the funeral at noon Monday
at the church.

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