Jermaine Frye honored and remembered at candlelight vigil

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Friday night hundreds gathered to honor and remember Cimarron Hills Fire Department firefighter-paramedic Jermaine Frye.

Frye was injured in a training accident last Friday.

After going to the hospital and being cleared, he was found on Saturday in cardiac arrest.

He was 31-years-old.

Frye leaves behind his fiancé Megan and unborn child.

He was a beloved member of his fire department and this loss is devastating to his family and friends.

While people at the vigil shared memories of him, they talked about the things he loved.

He loved Megan.

He loved his family.

He loved his friends.

He loved to fish.

He loved the Broncos.

He loved to help people.

“[He] really seemed to care about people and could feel their pain and feel their suffering and so empathy is a good word,” said CHFD Chief Steve Conner.

Even in mourning, the sharing of stories led to laughter.

“[He was] quite the character from a lot of stories. And it’s funny, cause multiple times now we’ve sat around and told stories and I learn something new every time,” said Conner.

People there described themselves as still being numb from it all, but seeing how many people were there remembering and honoring him showed, “how much Jermaine meant to the firefighters in the community. I think that that’s big the fact that this many people showed up and I think come Monday when all the people from out of state and as well from within state show up to celebrate Jermaine I think that will show how much he meant to the community, as well as the firefighting community,” said Conner.

Frye’s funeral is Monday, November 7 at 11 a.m. at New Life Church.

Governor Hickenlooper also ordered all flags in the state be lowered to half-staff on Monday to honor him.

If you’d like to donate to the family, you can access their GoFundMe page here.

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