Meridian firefighter remembered

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Hundreds gathered at Northcrest Baptist Church to remember Meridian firefighter Jodie Kennedy.

A husband, father, softball coach and one of Meridian’s bravest, Jodie Kennedy was remembered by hundreds on Thursday.

“Life, relationships and love are not about quantity. They are about quality,” a speaker told the crowd.

The 38-year-old died Monday from a heart-attack. The vigil taking place where Kennedy coached softball at West Lauderdale.

“We just wanted to get together and be able to be together. What better place to be than where at the field he loved so much,” Lisa Andreacchio says.

There was an outpouring of support at the vigil. A display of how much Jodie Kennedy not only meant to his family, but to everyone around him. The softball team showing nothing but admiration.

“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He was more like a father figure,” West Lauderdale softball player Kennedy Mayatt says. “He was a great Christian man and he would do anything to make my swing a little better. And everybody’s on this team a little bit better.”

At the funeral Thursday afternoon, Family, along with several members of the Meridian Fire Department attended.

"I hired him back at the station as a firefighter. Nothing but life, nothing but life. Didn't have to tell him what to do. He did everything he was supposed to do," Meridian Fire Chief Anthony Clayton told those attending the funeral.

In a dark cold night, warm memories flourished.

“I never saw him once being lazy out here,” Mayatt says.

“He loved these girls and he loved making this field a better place for them,” Andreacchio says.

Kennedy was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A GoFundMe page has been setup for the family.