SAN ANTONIO – Fallen firefighter Greg Garza was remembered as a "gentle giant" Thursday during his funeral services.
Two processions were held Thursday for Garza, a 17-year SAFD veteran who died last week while responding to a call near downtown. Garza was accidentally hit by a commercial van when he stepped onto the road.
A slideshow featuring photos of Garza throughout his life played before the private funeral service began at noon.
Father Jimmy Drennan highlighted Garza's selflessness during the funeral service.
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"His profound commitment to serve as a San Antonio firefighter gave us all the opportunity to reflect how important he is to all of us," Drennan said.
"He belonged to all of us," Drennan said, before thanking Garza's family. "I want to thank you for sharing him with us, for supporting him, encouraging him, standing by him each and every day he placed his life at risk so that all of us are safe."
Garza was remembered for his lighter side, too. The firefighter was an avid toy collector.
"While he was very serious and committed at his job, he was a kid at heart," Drennan said. "He probably had more toys than Toys-R-Us."
Garza was honored Tuesday in a memorial walk by his brothers and sisters of the San Antonio Fire Department and a memorial service on Wednesday.
The fire department also has set up a memorial account to benefit Garza's widow at Generations Federal Credit Union where donations can be made.