SAN ANTONIO – With flashing lights and a huge flag dangling from a ladder truck, San Antonio firefighters and police officers escorted the body of fallen firefighter Greg Garza to a downtown funeral home Wednesday morning.
The procession arrived around 10 a.m. at the Porter Loring funeral home on McCullough Street.
Firefighters then stood silently forming a ring around an ambulance as a flag-draped gurney was lowered to the ground, then wheeled inside the building.
Garza died Tuesday morning in what may be described as an unconceivable accident.
According to Chief Charles Hood, who broke the news of his death, Garza stumbled while climbing out of his fire truck and was hit by a passing van.
Garza was part of a crew that had responded to a report of smoke inside a motel at the corner of Live Oak and Dawson streets, just east of downtown.
The driver of the van remained at the scene and was questioned by police.