WODEN, TX (KTRE) - Friends and family of a Nacogdoches County volunteer fire fighter gathered in Woden today to pay their respects to the man they called Pee-Wee.
East Texas News was at the funeral and talked to firefighters and his widow.
Wilma Ekman, the former chief of the Kingtown VFD, said the main thing all firefighters from the Woden and Kingtown volunteer fire departments learned from G.L. "Pee-Wee" McDaniel was "a lot of different ways to fight fires and stay safe."
McDaniel was the fire chief of the Kingtown VFD department for 19 years and recently served as a captain for the Woden VFD.
Before McDaniel died, he had one final wish.
"That was the last request we were told that pee wee had made in March," Ricky Jones, the Woden VFD chief, said. "He had written a letter saying that he wanted one last ride on a Woden fire truck."
Those that worked with Pee -Wee understood the importance of granting that wish.
"We had no problem granting that," Jones said.
"It's the highest honor, the highest honor," Marvin Howard, the Kingtown VFD chief, said.
"I've seen it done before. I was honored that they would do that," Barbara McDaniel, Pee-Wee's widow, said.
McDaniel left behind a lot of family and friends, but his wife of the last 47 years, Barbara, knows his spirit will live on.
"He gave over 26 years to the volunteer fire departments and he left a legacy of get in there and do what you can," Barbara McDaniel said.
G.L. "Pee-Wee McDaniel" was 69 years old.
The Woden and Kingtown volunteer fire departments also retired McDaniel's radio. All the firefighters wore black tape over their badges in memory of him.