Many in the Heartland paused to remember a fallen hero. 22-year-old Du Quoin firefighter Corey Shaw was killed Friday when a wall collapsed on him during a massive fire on the Pinckneyville square.
On Wednesday many paid tribute to Shaw and said their final goodbyes during his funeral and burial services. Family, friends and fellow first responders gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin to honor Shaw.
Bagpipes played as fellow Du Quoin Firefighters carried Shaw's casket, draped in an American flag, into the church. Meanwhile, dozens of first responders looked on as his casket passed by family and friends.
Many who stood at attention were from southern Illinois. Others came from as far away as Chicago, New York and Canada to remember Shaw.
One firefighter from Swansea Illinois says no matter the distance, everybody in the fire service is a brother.
"It helps for Du Quoin and Pinckneyville to see guys from around the state and around the country, really, show up and say hey we're here for ya," Jason Hark Said.
Many in uniform wore black bands across their badge, while black and purple ribbons hung from the front of Du Quoin fire trucks.
Jimmy Johnson is a Carbondale Firefighter and played the bagpipes at Shaw's funeral.
"It's an honor to pay tribute to someone who gave their life to help others and it's all about the professionalism, you know, some folks think it's just a job, but it's all about professionalism being a firefighter,' Johnson said.
Johnson says members from his department covered Du Quoin fire houses, so they could attend the service.
"We're all family, we're all family," Johnson said.
During the funeral Shaw's high school friend and fellow fire fighter said no matter what Shaw did, he gave it his all. He added let's not remember how Shaw died, but how he lived and was loved.
As Johnson and others played the bagpipes, Shaw's casket was taken back to the fire truck. Shaw then took his last ride followed by a band of brothers in fire trucks. Shaw was buried at the Old Du Quoin Cemetery.
A memorial fund is set up for his wife and 2 year old daughter. Donations can be made to Du Quoin State Bank. Meantime, what caused the fire that killed Shaw is still under investigation.