CREATED Jul. 13, 2013
A memorial took place in Murietta Friday afternoon for fallen firefighter, Chris Douglas.
He died in Palm Desert last week after being hit by a truck along the 10 Freeway.
Thousands came to pay their final respects to firefighter/paramedic Christopher Douglas in Murietta.
He is survived by his pregnant wife, Amy, and their two-year-old son, Sammy.
It's a day of grieving for Christopher Douglas' family and for the entire CAL FIRE department.
"Christopher's death has been devastating to the department as a whole, especially to his family and friends and coworkers. This is something that happened unexpectedly and changed many lives," said Roseanne Grier with Cal Fire.
The hum of bagpipes, the waving flag suspended between engines and line upon line of firefighters escorted Douglas' body to the church.
He will always be remembered for who he was, "A very happy, outgoing person. He loved his family, he loved the department, he took a lot of pride in what he did," said Grier.
Firefighters lined up to pay their final respects, something they've had to do far too often, say farewell to their coworkers.
"We do it because we love this job and we love to serve our communities. So Christopher's death just represents how dedicated he was, he died doing something he loved, and we're here honoring him today for that sacrifice he made," said Grier.
Christopher Douglas was a firefighter paramedic for Cal Fire for nearly ten years.
He was at Station 35 in Thousand Palms.