Hundreds Line Up for Memorial Apparatus Procession

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

Hundreds of firefighters from all over the country made their way to Bryan to be part of the memorial Wednesday for Lt. Gregory Pickard and Lt. Eric Wallace.

“It doesn't matter what city you’re in, what state you're in, what country. A firefighter is a firefighter no matter where you go. It doesn't matter if you're paid or volunteer. We're all part of this family,” said Billy Huggins, Bryan Fire Department.

Officials say more than 150 fire trucks were expected to participate in the apparatus procession. Trucks started lining up before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

“We got a phone call at 5:10 this morning that there were already people in line. to come around the corner and see all this, and to know there's more coming. we saw people on the highway all the way into town. It's really amazing,” said Lt. Dan Williams, Brazos County Precinct 4 Fire Department.

“We felt the brotherhood. We felt like we needed come here and show support to the families of the fallen, and also the brothers of Bryan,” said Lt. Jeremy Petersma, Lake Travis Fire & Rescue.

“I've got gentlemen I've never met in my life helping me line this up. Its whatever we need done, they're here to do it and they'll be here until it’s over,” said Huggins.

It took 25 minutes for the last truck to make its way out of the parking lot. The procession was in memory of two fallen heroes, and the incredible show of support is something Bryan firefighters won't forget.

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