Huntington firefighter laid to rest

People came to pay their respects to David Goins, a fallen firefighter
People came to pay their respects to David Goins, a fallen firefighter
Bagpipes played at the service.
Bagpipes played at the service.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Fire trucks from across the state line-up to pay their respects to David Goins.

"It makes me proud.I was just amazed at all the support he's gotten and he deserves it," said Jerry LaSalle, Chief of Huntington Volunteer Fire Department.

"It's a little bit overwhelming that we have such a brotherhood of firefighters in our county, not just Angelina County, it's everywhere, but when a family goes through a tragedy like this we all mourn together...He was one of us," said Chris Smith, assistant chief of Hudson Fire Department.

A firefighter with the Texas Forest Service spotted Goins body last Thursday.

The agency says the veteran firefighter died while battling a three-acre wildfire on his Kay Currie Road property in Huntington.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into his death.

Nothing suspicious is suspected, but the autopsy won't be back for weeks.

His legacy lives on through his sons and those touched by his servant's heart.

"I'm going to miss most just hearing the familiar 7407 on the radio every time Huntington had a page. He missed very little and just hearing his voice, his number that he's had for a long time, it's going to be a void there. It's going to take awhile to move past," said Smith.

"We've dealt with them on fires and we've just known him forever. He's going to be really missed," said Bobby Cranford, President of the AC Firefighters Association, "he was a really good firefighter, very dedicated and a really good dad to his kids."

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