Thanks for staying with news 3 -- a fallen madison firefighter who died sunday is being honored today.
Hundreds packed into the uw field house for richard garner's memorial keely arthur is live in madison richard garner mysteriously collapsed this weekend.
The cause of his death is unknown... today friends family and first responders kept the focus on how the 29 year old lived... with a big heart and insatiable need to help others.
Nat- bag pipes or something... an emotional day for first responders as they said goodbye to one of their own.
((( ,6682 47:02 we will never forget him :06"))) madison firefighters, mpd, as well as mayor paul soglin and governor scott walker gathered to honor richard garner a madison firefighter and paramedic.
((( , "6682 46:51 he was a good dude he was a big gental giant :55 ")) 6683 14:45 a man who would make the fire house better , the community better the city better, this departmet better.
:53 garner's death is considered in the line of duty since it happened within 24 hours of his shift.
Prior to his death garner went to 19 calls while the chief says that isn't a significantly high volume.
The type of calls he responded to were intense, including a birth.
((( , "57:45 the types of calls that he responded to over tht 48 hour period we believe significantly led to this :52 "))) but today wasn't really about the cirumstances of his death rather it was about his life...and how in such a short amount of time he seemed to touch so many.
50:02 if rick did anything for you raise your hand we lov you rick and this is what your legacy looks like :13 ((( , " "))) and while garner served as a madison firegifhter and paremedic he also played for the uw badger football team...that's what lead him to madison in the first place...so very fitting that this service was right here next to camp
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