TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Many people gathered at the Trumann Fire Department Saturday to honor a fallen fire chief.
Saturday was the third anniversary of Rick Winkles' death.
Winkles died of a heart attack while responding to a fire.
He became the department's chief in 2004 and, according to many, he had a deep commitment to the job.
"We lost a lot," said his son Jeremy. "We lost a father, a husband, a son, and this department lost a great chief."
Jeremy, who is also a firefighter, said the job holds a special place in his heart since his father's passing.
"It means a lot to me to kind of follow in his footsteps and work where he worked," said Jeremy. "It's a good group of guys here; I feel like they're my family."
He said the dedication of the flag will hold a special place in his memory.
"Growing up here everybody knew my dad, and all the community coming out and showing their support is great," he said.
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