|Published:||Apr 29, 2013 5:28 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 29, 2013 5:49 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Firefighters answer to the call of service, however, this call took a group of Southwest Florida firefighters to Texas.
"In my opinion, it's one of the highest honors you can receive to watch over a fallen brother after they passed," said Firefighter, Jason Cabral.
Firefighter, Jason Cabral was assigned to protect a firefighter he had never met.
"You can't help but want to know who you are watching, who you are there for," Cabral explained.
Cabral watched over the casket of 29-year-old Joseph "Joey" Pustejovsky.
"I spent some time afterwards when I was not on casket watch, looking through the stuff the family members had brought for the personal funeral."
It was as if time stood still for the six members of the North Fort Myers Honor Guard during their assignment of "casket watch."
"It was that time of night, a quiet town and you're standing there looking at the memorabilia that was about the caskets; It had a more infinitive impact because there was nothing else to distract you except being there with the casket and the fallen firefighter," said Lt. Jim Maguire.
Retired Deputy Chief of the South Trails Fire Department played to the tune of Amazing Grace.
"When I first stopped as I was proceeding in, I saw the 12 caskets lined up and that's when it really hits home, the magnitude of the incident," said McMahon.
John McMahon is a part of the Guns and Hoses Pipes and Drums of Southwest Florida.
The group travels around the country honoring fallen first responders.
Next year, the 12 firefighters killed in West, Texas will be honored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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