LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Members with the Glendale Fire Department, along with the family of Jonathan French, spoke out about their monumental loss Tuesday evening.

"Words cannot express our gratitude and our thankfulness to you all for everything you've done," said Richard Peters, Glendale Fire Chief and French's uncle.

Peters spoke on behalf of French's family and the fire department Tuesday. "Jonathan was a simple person and we all agreed yesterday that he's probably saying why in the world did they make such a big deal out of it?"

The 25-year-old lieutenant was killed in the line of duty last Wednesday. He was putting out a car fire along I-65 when a semi hit the parked fire truck.

French was killed, and his mother Lisa, who's also a volunteer firefighter, was injured.

"At this time, she is recovering but she faces a long road of surgeries on her right leg. She said to thank everybody for their continued support,their continued prayers," Peters said Tuesday.

French was laid to rest on Monday surrounded by first responders and community members wanting to honor his life.

Peters is making a plea to all other fire departments in the commonwealth to get behind the "shut it down" campaign which would allow fire departments to close a road during a working emergency.

"Hopefully we can prevent a tragedy of this nature from ever happening again," said Peters.

The Glendale Volunteer Fire Department is now draped in black cloth.

French's number 2503 will be retired and because of the accident, for the time being, the Glendale Fire Department is offline.

Chief Peters has taken a leave of absence and says the surrounding counties will handle all 911 calls until Glendale has its trucks fixed and the fire fighters are ready to get back to work without their fallen comrade.

If you'd like to help the family, you can donate at West Point Bank, the fund is called French Family Benefit Fund.

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