WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A West Chester firefighter who died from cancer attributed to his job was laid to rest in a hero's funeral Tuesday.
The public was invited to turn out to bid farewell to Tim Burns by lining a 26-mile procession. It passed all the fire stations he worked at during his decades-long career.
Burns died last week after a long battle with renal cancer. The married father of twin 14-year-old sons worked full-time as a firefighter for West Chester and part-time as a captain for the Glendale Fire Department.
He also worked previously for Springdale, New Burlington and Liberty and Colerain townships.
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The procession began at 8 a.m. outside Paul Young Funeral Home in Mount Healthy. Led by the West Chester Police Department, it featured fire apparatus from all the fire departments in which he worked.
The funeral for Firefighter Burns began at 10 a.m. at Springfield Church of the Nazarene.
Firefighters in several other communities covered shifts in West Chester Monday night and Tuesday so Burns' colleagues could attend his services. Firefighters came from Norwood, Mason, Fairfield, Milford, Mount Healthy, Sharonville and Colerain, Liberty, Miami and Sycamore townships,said Barb Wilson, a spokeswoman for West Chester Township.
About eight Norwood firefighters stepped up to help out on their days off and are not being paid, Norwood Fire Chief Ron Wallace said. They worked 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
"The fire service, whether career, part-time or volunteer, is all about brotherhood," Chief Wallace said.
"Our brothers and sisters in West Chester needed help from their extended family and our guys lined up to help them out. There's no fire department anywhere that wouldn't help their family in West Chester in their time of loss."