More than 2,000 firefighters from around the country attended Friday's funeral services for Leuitenant Todd Krodle.
Dallas Fire Rescue's Jason Evans said, "The occasion really speaks to the brotherhood of the fire department. You don't have to know a fire fighter personally to be there for someone who would put their life ahead of another person, and that was the type of person that Todd Krodle was."
41-year-old Krodle died Sunday, when he fell through the roof while fighting an apartment fire in Oak Cliff.
He had served on Dallas Fire Rescue for almost 18 years.
"He`s laid down a path for other members to follow," Evans said. "Lt. Krodle was the perfect example, the epitomy, of what a fire fighter should be."
More than 4,000 people attended the funeral service at Hughland Terrace Baptist in Greenville, where Krodle and his family were members.
Because the church only seats 1,200, a large group listened to the service from on outdoor tent.
A parade of fire trucks escorted Krodle's casket to Memoryland Memorial park, where he was buried.
Evans said, 'It`s very challenging to be able to keep your mind on the job at hand. But, that`s what we do our job for. And, we honor Lt. Krodle by doing that job to the best of our ability, no matter what emotional compromise there may be."
Krodle is survived by a wife and two children.
A fund for the family has been set up by City Credit Union in Dallas.
Donations can be made in person, by calling (214) 515-0100, or by mail to 7474 Ferguson Road, Dallas, Texas, 75228.
Thousands Pay Respects to Fallen Dallas Firefighter