A firefighter gunned down in his driveway was laid to rest Monday afternoon.


A firefighter gunned down in his driveway was laid to rest Monday afternoon.

More than a hundred firefighters lined up to say goodbye to Lt. William Walker.

Many showed up from around the state to stand out in the pouring rain and salute a man who did so much to make Cleveland safer.

"I can't help but think of Will and his smile and feel the warmth and support and love he gave everybody he met. He was truly a wonderful guy," said Dr. Thomas Collins, Cleveland medical director.

On the back of a historic fire truck, Walker took his final trip through the streets of Cleveland.

A procession escorted Walker's body from the funeral home to St. Clair Avenue and East Sixth Street and then to Public Auditorium, where a sea of firefighters stood at attention to remember a well-loved and respected firefighter.

Walker was also a paramedic and was instrumental in integrating fire and EMS services.

It all came to an end in his driveway on Nov. 3, when someone shot Walker several times in the chest. While police continue their search for a suspect, those who knew Walker remember all he did for the city of Cleveland.

"You can't put it into words, the volume of people impacted as a firefighter as well as a person who served the community. It is so enormous," said Johnny Brewington, retired battalion chief.

He leaves behind a wife, two children and an endless family of firefighters.

Police are asking anyone who knows anything to call them with tips, so the family can have some closure.

Firefighters have established a fund to help his wife and children. Donations can be made directly at any branch of the Firefighters Community Credit Union.