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Fallen Bryan Firefighter Eric Wallace Remembered For Loving His Family, Faith, and Job

Bryan Firefighter Eric Wallace is being remembered for his sacrifice, love for his family and dedication to helping people.

He was killed doing the job he loved and was helping fight a fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bryan Friday night.

News 3 spoke with friends of Lieutenant Wallace Monday.

It's still an active investigation into what took place during this deadly fire Friday night.

You can see hoses and equipment were left as part of the investigation and flowers are piling the ground.

Friends and fellow firefighters say Lieutenant Wallace loved his family, faith, and job.

What started out as an ordinary structure fire turned into the Bryan Fire Department's deadliest day late Friday night.

36-year-old Eric Wallace died after he became trapped inside the burning building.

"There was nothing, nothing we ever went into that spooked him. He didn't get scared, he didn't get excited," said Lieutenant Gerald Burnett with the Bryan Fire Marshal's Office.

Burnett was close friends with Wallace and both started with the department in 2000. Wallace leaves behind a wife and five kids.

Last summer News 3 covered a fundraiser for his infant daughter Izzy who was born prematurely.

"He loved his kids.That's a legacy right there," Burnett said.

Last year Wallace helped Burnett and his wife when they had a double blowout out of town.

"Eric showed up in a heartbeat to help us. Offered his spare tire, offered his fix a flat, offered his sweat, he was always there. Always there to help out," he added.

News 3 interviewed Wallace in July 2010, on a story about drivers not yielding properly to emergency vehicles on every single call.

"They either don't know the law or what they need to do or they're on their cell phones, is the biggest problem, or their stereos up too loud," said Wallace, during the July 1, 2010 interview.

"He was a very strong Christian man as well. My wife was telling me the other day how pleased she was the conversations he had lately were very faith driven very much," said Burnett.

A visitation is planned for Lt. Wallace Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

A funeral will take place at 10 the next morning at First Baptist Church of Bryan.

A funeral procession will follow with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery, one mile east of Marlin, Texas.

We're told Wallace was also passionate about teaching kids fire safety doing that just this past week.


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