Meridian firefighter remembered 3 years later

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - It was a somber day Monday at the Meridian Fire Department as they remember one of their own that died in the line of duty.

Eric Gustafson (Photo source: Meridian Fire Department)

Eric Gustafson was killed exactly three years ago when the Engine 3 fire truck he was operating overturned on Old 8th Street Road. The 2016 accident was followed by an outpouring of support from fire departments all over the nation. A special marker, portrait and cards are now at central fire station in his honor. Chief Ricky Leister says they had a moment of silence Monday.

“It’s the loss of a brother. It’s the loss of a family member. For us it’s like a loss of a member of your family. We want to remember him because he did work with us and he did die in the line of duty,” Leister says.

Leister says a group of firefighters plan on competing in a golf tournament in honor of Gustafson next month.

“Every year we intend on doing a moment of silence. It’s always tough to deal with especially when it’s one of your own. We are going to continue doing that every September 9. We are going to have a moment of silence for a fallen brother,” Leister says.

Eric Gustafson was 40-years-old when he died.