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Hundreds turn out to see Cactus volunteer fireman laid to rest

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Dumas, Texas - A fallen hero was laid to rest Monday... Hundreds came out to honor and remember the Cactus volunteer fireman who lost his life Wednesday after being burned badly in a Moore County grass fire.

In a true testament to just how strong the bonds of brotherhood are among all fire-fighters, they came from as far away as Dallas to honor Elias Jaquez... A man they'd never even met.

Among them was Sam Williams... A firefighter near Abilene, who knows all too well what it's like to lose one of your own. He says, "We lost one of our firefighters on Friday the 15th. I buried him on Wednesday. We just want to show support and solidarity for the rest of the fire fighters in our state. It's very important that we hold our brothers up and let them know that appreciate their service and understand their loss." 

Dozens of fire trucks lined up and paraded in silence with flashing lights through Dumas... Ending at the cemetery.

Following that, Jaquez took his last ride on a fire truck... His casket was driven into the cemetery underneath fireman's ladders connected by an American flag. 

Jaquez leaves behind a wife and four daughters... His youngest is in middle school.