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4/27/05

Family Members Remember Fallen Lubbock Born Firefighter

One of the largest funeral services will take place in Lubbock on Thursday, April 28th, in honor of Lubbock native Brian Hunton. The 27-year-old died Monday from head injuries he received after falling from a moving fire truck over the weekend in Amarillo, where Hunton served for two years. He served in Lubbock for two months.

Brian's father says his son had his heart set on being a firefighter for years. One of Brian's best friends was a Lubbock firefighter, and the nature of helping others was a perfect match for Brian.

Brian's father, Paul Hunton said, "One of the comforting things for me is if there's anything I ever did right in my life, it was raising my son. I'm so proud of what he accomplished."

Brian's father says his son showed a lifelong compassion for helping others as an firefighter. Brian was a hero in the eyes of dozens of those who paid their respects to him Wednesday, April 27 at his visitation. However, in his own eyes he was a man just doing his job.

Lubbock Prepares For Firefighter Funeral Service
A funeral procession for a fallen firefighter will begin in Amarillo and end in Lubbock. The procession is in honor of Amarillo Firefighter Brian Hunton.

Paul said, "In my heart, yes, I'd call him a hero. But, me and my son have talked about this and he would not consider himself a hero. Many people would."

Amarillo Fire Department, Lieutenant Steve Barrera became aquatinted with Brian during their times at the station. Barrera says Brian took hunting and fishing trips with other firefighters, and he had an excellent sense of humor. However, most of all, he remembers Brian's passion. "He was dedicated to the job, most definitely. He's been wanting to do this for quite some time. He always did the best possible job he could."

Paul too will remember his son as a man who wore the badge with pride. "I know in my heart that when he jumped on that fire truck the other night, there was a smile on his face," said Paul. "Because he was going to do something he loved."

The Hunton's have set up a scholarship fund in Brian's name. You can make donations to The Brian Hunton Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Amarillo National Bank.

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