Friends remember firefighter who battled cancer as hero

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
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WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - Larry Roberts, 54, was diagnosed with a deadly disease but refused to give up hope. He fought a blood disease for five years before he lost his battle. Friday, the native East Texan and veteran firefighter was laid to rest.

"We'll miss everything about him," said fellow Arp firefighter James Williamson.

An outdoorsman, fireman and family man, Roberts, wore plenty of hats during his 54 years.

"He was the average man who loved to hunt, fish, help you in any way he could," said friend Bill Underwood. "Whatever you needed, you called Larry and he'd be there."

"He was a special person he didn't have an enemy in the world everyone he would meet was his friend," added Williamson.

Friday, many of his friends were seen in the many badges present. The family Roberts knew for more than 20 years, the Arp Fire Department, stood by honoring their lost brother.

"Larry couldn't give up," said brother-in-law Richard Schmidt. "He wouldn't give up. He couldn't give up or quit. [It] wasn't in his vocabulary. He just didn't know the meaning of it."

"He deserved every bit of this today," said son Larry Roberts Jr.

Roberts' legacy lies with his son who shares his name and passion for fighting fires.

"We usually the first two there every night when we get calls late at night and it's just something special having him right beside you doing something together," said Roberts.

The fires brought them closer and Friday, Roberts Jr. called his dad by a different name.

"To me [he was] a hero...I looked up to him," he said.

Now, son and family say Roberts is looking down on them.

Memorials in honor of Larry Roberts may be given to Cross Brand Cowboy Church.

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