Hundreds gathered to say a final farewell to a fallen Atlanta firefighter Thursday afternoon.
Sgt. Frank Guinn, 36, died in New Orleans Friday while training for the Ironman Triathlon. Howard Vidrine, who had a suspended license, is accused of hitting Guinn with his car, while Guinn rode his bike.
Guinn leaves behind triplet daughters, ages 7, and a wife of 16 years, Kimberly Guinn. "I'd just tell him I loved him, hug his neck a lot, and never let him go," said Kimberly before the funeral.
The funeral took place at Peachtree Presbyterian in Buckhead. Hundreds of firefighters attended, including Atlanta Fire Lt. Brian Garner, who went to New Orleans immediately following the accident. "Frank was a fireman's fireman. Everybody loved him, always smiled."
Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta Fire Chief, presented the Guinn family with a letter from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and a plaque.
Just hours after Guinn's death, a second firefighter from the same battalion and shift, Jermaine Hall, 24, died from a brain aneurysm. "It's been taxing on the whole department," said Garner.
The funeral service for Hall will be held Friday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
Guinn will be laid to rest in Haynesville, Louisiana, his hometown.
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