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Tucsonans line the streets to pay respect to our local fallen hotshot

Tucsonans line the streets to pay respect to our local fallen hotshot

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jul 10, 2013
MARANA (KGUN9-TV) - Many people here didn't know Billy Warneke at all, but say that doesn't matter; they're here to show their support and gratitude. 

"Words just cannot convey, I think, the way people feel about this," Tucson resident Marge Galan told Nine On Your Side. "Especially the people that are out here to show their last respects...it's almost like they have to do it. It's something they have to do."

As tears well up in so many eyes, the Prescott fire engine carrying Billy Warneke's casket slowly passed by.

His casket was covered in an American flag.

The fire truck lead an over six mile long procession, including more than 100 first responders.

That procession led to Marana Mortuary, where Billy Warneke's friends and family gathered to say goodbye.
Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.