Christopher Brown, a full time Bloomington firefighter and volunteer with the Hudson fire department was hit and killed by a semi while helping stranded drivers during a recent snow storm.
He was on duty with the Hudson Fire crew when it happened.
The memory of 39 year old Christopher Brown rings loud and proud in the hearts of those he loved most.
Many gathered at Normal's Eastview Christian Church to say a final farewell to a man who dedicated his time and energy to keep others safe.
"His positive attitude and practical approach to life in general made him a beacon of light for those who had a hard time seeing through the storm," said Greg Walters. "He was always thankful for what he had and appreciative of those around him."
Peoria Heights Fire Chief Greg Walters says his nephew took time to let people know he cared about them.
"Whenever I talked to him on the phone he'd always answer with, 'Hey! How ya doing Uncle Greg?' And when we were finished he'd always tell me he loved me. Oh, how I yearn to hear that again."
Co-workers say Brown enjoyed the journey as a father, a firefighter, and a family man, always jumping into action when duty called.
In a light hearted moment, they even danced to House of Pain's "Jump Around" as a musical tribute.
"Chris Brown you made a difference in this world. I cannot and will not leave this podium on a sad note," said Walters. "Because that does not describe Chris at all."
"I'll have to hold everything I know about him right here, in my heart forever," added Bloomington Fire Captain Jeff Emmert.
Brown is also remembered for his efforts on the job, dedication to public safety, and passion for life.
"Always on the move," said Walters. "Juggling a busy schedule that involved his kids athletics, family get-togethers, work."
While his time with those he loved has been cut tragically short, his selfless acts of courage will continue to live on...
As a reminder of what it means to be a hometown hero.