LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Friends and family gathered in Laurel County to say a final farewell to flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs, Jr. He and two others died in last week's Air Evac helicopter crash in Clay County.
Family, friends, and fellow paramedics filled the Hawk Creek Church in London to honor Dobbs.
"It's just overwhelming. It's unbelievable and overwhelming all the people here," said his wife Emilee Dobbs.
During the service, co-workers and friends shared stories. They said the husband, father, son, and friend to many died too soon.
"Lee was very passionate about his job, about flying. There's no question he was very good at what he did," said Brian Jackson, Air Evac Program Director.
Friends say he loved the outdoors, animals, and above all else, his family.
His co-workers offered a first responders prayer during the service. Part of it said, "I stand ready all the time to help my fellow man."
"He would be so surprised he had this kind of impact on people. He didn't do it to get this kind of recognition. He did it because he loved it," said Emilee Dobbs.
Bagpipes played as the casket was carried out to a Clay County ambulance. Dozens of first responders stood for salute.
Dozens of ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and other first responder vehicles from several counties were in the processional all the way to his hometown in Tennessee.
"He gave the ultimate sacrifice to help others, and there's something to be said about that," said Jackson.
People waving flags lined US-25E as the processional passed by through Knox and Bell Counties and through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel into Tennessee.
Another funeral service will be held in Rogersville, Tennessee on Friday. Burial will follow in Church Hill, Tennessee.