MAIDEN, NC (WJZY) - An emotional procession as Captain Bradley long's body was put on the last fire engine that would take him to his final resting place.
Captain long was trying to recover the body of a missing swimmer at Lake Norman on Monday when something went wrong under the water and he too lost his life.
On Saturday afternoon, family, friends, and community members came to Mountain View Methodist Church to say their final goodbye to the fallen hero. Some say the service was fit for the hero captain long truly was.
"it's was very warm, obviously very sad but at the same time. Give everyone a sense of pride that captain did his duty," said Lester LasMarias.
Officials tell FOX 46 Charlotte that 85 agencies from across the Carolinas helped with put the service together and to support the long family.
"It's truly impressive to have the support from all the agencies. It certainly helps the fire fighter family and emergency service family during their time of grieving," said Former Firefighter Charles Poliseno.
"One of our guys goes down. You gotta be there for them," LasMarias stated.
Lester LasMarias came all the way from Charleston. He says the firefighter brotherhood has no limits and they will always go to where they are needed. "We aren't doing it for the glory. We are doing it for each other. Just to help each other out and represent."