ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Monday the community of Elizabethtown rallied around the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department as they bid a final farewell to fallen volunteer firefighter Jonathan French, 25.
With a heavy heart and tearful eyes, family, friends and even strangers filled Elizabethtown's First Christian Church to bid farewell to a fiancé, nephew, brother and son.
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“I stand here today missing my right hand man,” said French's uncle and Glendale Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Peters.
Peters shared memories of his nephew, heartbroken by what would become French's last call.
“Them little fat thumbs, he sure could use them to text," recalled Peters. “On Wednesday morning, things were broken that can't be fixed."
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French died on Aug. 6 after a semi hit both he and his mother, Lisa French, in the line of duty.
“This young man was on the side of I-65 putting out a fire for a van for people he did not know," said Reverend Doug Sanders, the officiate of French's funeral. "Bad things happen to good people.”
Instead of asking why French's life came to an abrupt end last Wednesday, guests opted to transform the tragedy into a mission of their own.
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“If you want to honor him, make your life a selfless one. Give of yourself," said Rev. Sanders.
Those in attendance saluted the life lesson turned mission in an effort to honor the legacy of a fallen comrade, family member and friend.
Donations are still being collected for the French family as matriarch Lisa French continues to recover. Donations are being accepted at all West Point Banks.
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