Wisconsin firefighter's body comes home after deadly Arizona wildfire
WAUKEGAN, Ill. - All dressed in blue, the men and women of fire departments from near and far paid their respects to a fallen brother.
“Everyone sticks together in times like these, and this gentleman and the 18 others were doing their job to the highest tradition of the fire service," said Kenosha Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter about Anthony Rose.
Those that didn’t even know Rose felt drawn to greet the plane carrying his remains from Arizona.
"That is why we are here, so that they know that it is a family," said Barbara Wienckaowski to TODAY'S TMJ4's Shannon Sims.
"This is a family a fire fighter family that comes together in time of crisis."
Rose's mother held tightly to an urn filled with ashes of her brave 23 year old son.
Rose was a member of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
Two weeks ago, he and 18 other firefighters set out to battle a wild fire burning in Arizona.
At some point, the wind shifted, leaving the men trapped.
Today, a somber processional escorted Rose’s remains to a funeral home in Zion, Ill., a hero’s salute for a young man who gave all.
His fiance is expected to give birth to their child soon.
Rose was to have a memorial service Thursday.