ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - We learned more Thursday about Token Adams, the firefighter whose disappearance sparked the largest search operation in state history.
Hundreds of people gathered in Albuquerque for a memorial to celebrate his life.
This comes a week after his body was found in the Jemez Mountains and a week before he would've turned 42 years old.
A long line of local police and firefighters led the family of fallen U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Token Adams from Rio Rancho to Albuquerque on Thursday morning.
Hundreds of people showed up to Calvary Albuquerque Church, many of the same people who had searched for Adams day in and day out for a week in the Jemez Mountains, where he died while investigating a small fire on an ATV.
The Jemez Eagles, the Hotshot crew Adams trained with, found his body Friday.
Thursday’s memorial service was a celebration of Adams’ life with his wife, Heidi, their 3-year-old son, Tristan, and their baby on the way, Isla.
The navy veteran had been with the U.S. Forest Service for 10 years and first traveled to New Mexico in 2010 to fight the Las Conchas Fire.
“When he went back, he told Heidi, ‘This is where I want to be. This is where I want to go,’ ” said Adams’ father-in-law Harold David Abbott. “And I can see why.”
Abbott described his son-in-law as a joker.
“Nobody would laugh at his joke, and they would only laugh because he was laughing so hard. They started laughing along with him,” Abbott said.
The funeral was followed by another private service at a memorial park in Rio Rancho.
Heidi is due to have baby Isla next week.
In his honor, Heidi has decided to schedule a C-section on Sept. 19, what would've been Adams' 42nd birthday.
Adams grew up in California and also leaves behind two other children from a previous marriage.
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