Hundreds gathered in Lubbock to remember fallen firefighter Brian Hunton. The Lubbock native died Monday from head injuries he received Saturday when he was thrown off a moving fire truck while putting on his gear. His body was returned to Lubbock for burial on Thursday with full ceremonial honors.
Brian grew up in Lubbock and attended Cooper High School. Friends remember Brian Hunton as a hero. He lived to hunt, fish, and play sports, and he died doing the one thing he truly loved, helping others as an Amarillo firefighter.
Debra McCartt drove from Amarillo to honor Brian and his family. She said, "If you didn't see it (the processional), it was magnificent, with the lights, the people on the side honoring the fireman."
It might have been the music from the bag pipes, the silence from teary-eyed firefighters, or maybe the flashing lights that made even strangers stop on the street and stand in awe of a fallen hero's ceremony. McCartt said, "We all appreciate it so much that they put their lives on the line every time they leave."
"He wanted to be a firefighter real bad, that's all he wanted to do." One of Brian's former teachers says Brian wanted to be a firefighter as long as she could remember. Another friend and teacher said, "He's just real close to his family, and always in a good mood. You could always see Brian smiling, so I know this summer when the class of '95 has their 10 year reunion, there will be a big hole where Brian should have been."
If you'd like to honor Brian and his family, you can make donations to the Brian Hunton Memorial Scholarship Fund by sending them to the Amarillo National Bank.
Family Members Remember Fallen Lubbock Born Firefighter
Friends and family members of 27-year-old Brian Hunton, remember the fallen Lubbock born firefighter. They say the job was a perfect match for his love for life and lifelong compassion for helping others.