East Texans Bid Farewell To Gilmer Firefighter

As family and friends of Chris Carpenter bid him farewell today, they reflected on the job that Chris loved so much.

"Chris did get to live his dream. He worked hard to become an EMT, a fire fighter. And he was a real life saver. Chris loved fire fighting," said Dr. Jonathan Bynum, pastor of Greggton Methodist Church.

Carpenter's love for being a fire fighter was echoed by more than fifty East Texas firefighters, who showed up to pay their respects.

Unfortunately for Chris' family, they're suffering the loss of two sons. Chris' twin brother Corey was also killed in an accident two and a half year ago.

"I never would have dreamed that I would be using this church two times in a row to bury my children. We know that Chris and his brother Corey before him are in a far better place than we are,"said Temple Carpenter III.

Chris' casket was carried onto the fire truck by his fellow Gilmer fire fighter brothers. Another fire fighter brother who responded to the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon led the procession.

"Firefighters, we're brothers worldwide. Chris was enthusiastic and energetic. He was the type of young man that, you could tell, really loved what he was doing," said Nelson Eaton, a retired firefighter from Arlington, Virginia.

The Carpenter family has asked that all memorial donations be made to the Asbury House Child Enrichment Center located at 320 S. Center Street in Longview.

Money raised will go to fund a children's pavilion at the center in honor of Chris and his brother Corey.

LaKecia Shockley,Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com