BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - They gave him a final tribute on his way to his final resting place.
Barbourville firefighter Cecil Ervin Johnson, 57, died unexpectedly last week.
Friends say he saved many lives through the years and now they are honoring his.
Wednesday, firefighters and other emergency responders lined up to give him his last call.
"He was a fine person, a good firefighter," said Barbourville Fire Chief Doug Dozier.
Johnson served as a Barbourville firefighter for 37 years, up until his unexpected death at his home last Friday.
"We hate to lose him that way," said Dozier.
A fire truck he rode in many times carried him to his final resting place. During the processional, his fellow firefighters stopped in front of the downtown fire station and sounded the horn as part of his last call.
Firefighters say it is a fitting tribute to Johnson who dedicated more than half his life to helping people.
The fire chief says Johnson helped save many lives during his career as a firefighter.
"He saved a lot of houses and helped people all the way you can. He was a good feller," said Chief Dozier.
They say he will be greatly missed in the community.
"A whole lot. He'll be missed a lot around here because everybody liked him. He was a good feller. Everybody liked him," Dozier said.
Other fire departments in Knox County covered the Barbourville Fire Department on Wednesday so those men could attend the funeral.