A community took time to celebrate the time that Christopher Kerns spent with them Wednesday.
“Just making sure everything is as it should be for a hero such as Chris,” said Lt. Jake Lake of the Berea Fire Dept.
Kerns volunteered his services fighting fires in Rockcastle County. He later earned a living doing the same in Berea. He died on his day off, while crossing a set of railroad tracks in rural Rockcastle County.
“We’re going to honor him….honor his life. Honor the time we had to spend with him. Although it was too short,” said Lt. Lake.
Firefighters, police, and other first responders filled the Renfro Valley auditorium.
“Chris did not lead with words or phrases….but Chris led with his actions,” said firefighter John Biaz, one of several who spoke during the services.
Some of those who came didn’t even know Christopher Kerns. But they said they wanted to be there and the family wanted them there, too, simply because of respect.
The Patriot Guard Riders…often seen at military funerals….say it’s also important to remember first responders.
“It’s an honor for us to be here. To show the honor and respect that they deserve,” said rider Steve Yates.
Many came because of the brotherhood of firefighting, yet Kerns’ role as a husband and father..were also noted.
“We’re standing by them…through thick and thin. We’re going to do whatever it takes to get them through this,” said Lake.
A vow to help because much of what Kerns was about, was doing whatever he could for others.