Chris Brown, a full time Bloomington firefighter and volunteer with the Hudson Fire Department was killed after being hit on a rescue call during last Tuesday's snow storm.
A visitation for Brown took place at Normal's Eastview Christian Church.
Firefighters - lined the church's auditorium and said goodbye to a co-worker, a friend,a brother.
"It is a testament for the person that he was and the job that we do," said Captain Jeff Emmert of the Bloomington Police Department.
Teams across Illinois came out, giving a final salute to Brown.
For those in the Hudson and Bloomington Fire Departments, they say that final salute was the hardest.
"He was serious when it came to work," said Hudson Fire Department Captain Steve Modine. "But I tell you what, when it was time time to have fun, Chris knew how to have fun."
"Chris was a great firefighter," added Emmert. "Very dedicated to our job. Loved it. Loved life. he had an infectious smile that we all talk about."
They say, that smile he had rubbed off on others.
" I think I heard one person say they saw Chris mad once," said Modine. "That's the way he was. He just always had a smile on his face all the time."
But for many, it was hard to keep a smile inside the church Sunday night. They didn't just lose a fellow fire fighter, but they lost a good friend.
"He was involved in life," said Emmert. "He was really engaged in life. His family was first."
And now these firefighters are wearing their badge, with the black band around them, signaling one of the their own, is gone.
"We always hope that we would be immune to it,' said Emmert. "Never thought it'd be for one of our own."
Funeral services will take place at Eastview Christian Church Monday morning at ten.
More than 2,000 firefighters are expected to be there.
Governor Pat Quinn has also ordered flags across Illinois be flown at half staff in brown's honor until sunset