COPY-As a lone bagpiper played, firefighters said goodbye

By Bob Hallmark - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

As a lone bagpiper played, dozens of fire units and firefighters turned out at Kilgore College for the funeral services for 45 year old Kilgore firefighter Kyle Perkins. They came not only from all over Texas, but from all over the country to pay their respects to a fallen comrade.

Hundreds turned out to say a final goodbye at Dodson Auditorium. For firefighters, the brotherhood is strong, and the loss of even one, is felt by all.

"When you lose a fellow fireman anywhere in the state of Texas or the United States as far as that goes, they're missed," said Gerald Cubine, Kyle's friend. "Kyle knew when he came in that door at the fire station theres a chance he might not go home that day."

"Firefighters are a tight group of people anywhere you go another firefighter is your brother its just the sacrifices that firefighters make we never want to forget them," said Corpus Christi fireman, Rodney Appleby.

Perkins was laid to rest today at Danville Cemetery in Kilgore.

The funeral for the other man who died in that accident, Cory Galloway, is tomorrow at 1 o'clock at the First Baptist Church of Van.