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Crowds gather to pay respects to Glendale volunteer firefighter killed in line of duty

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Mourners gather to remember Jonathan French at First Christian church in Elizabethtown, Ky. Mourners gather to remember Jonathan French at First Christian church in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Jonathan French, left, with his fiancee. Jonathan French, left, with his fiancee.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fighting fires ran in his blood and he lost his life in the line of duty. The funeral for 25-year-old Jonathan French was held at First Christian Church in Elizabethtown Monday. 

French was killed Aug. 6 when a semi truck slammed into a parked fire truck. He and other volunteer firefighters were battling a car fire on I-65 near Glendale when the accident happened. Authorities say his emergency lights were on and safety barricades were in place when the semi came crashed into the fire truck.

"If you were to take a dictionary today and look up the word devotion, right next to it, instead of a definition would be a picture of Jonathan," French's Uncle Richard Peters said at the funeral. Peters is also the Glendale Fire Chief and says his nephew always wanted to follow in his footsteps. 

Peters and Jonathan's mother, Lisa French, were there when the crash happened. Lisa French attended her son's funeral on a stretcher.

"Jonathan had no idea that night, the desire in him to want to be a fireman, the desire that was in him to want to do what was right, the desire in him that drove him and made him want to give himself was going to betray him," said Doug Sanders of Glendale, a family friend. 

French served with the Glendale Volunteer fire department for five years. Lisa French has been a volunteer firefighter for seven years.

First responders from across the state attended French's funeral to pay their respects and accompany his body to the cemetery. 

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