Firefighter's Funeral Draws Thousands

3-30-06 - Around 3,000 people from across the state and as far away as New York were in Chickasha for the Thursday afternoon funeral of volunteer firefighter Destry Horton.

Horton died last Friday after being burned while fighting a wildfire earlier this month in Stephens County. Fire, ambulance and law enforcement officials from across Oklahoma are on hand. Captain Jeremiah Hoffstatter of the Ripley Fire Department says he and a volunteer fire crew drove two hours to show their respect.

And firefighter Richard Schmidt came from Rescue Company Number Four in the Bronx borough of New York. Schmidt says he can relate to the firefighters who worked with Horton because his department lost nine in the 9/11 terror attacks.