Memorial held for fallen Roswell firefighter

New Mexico

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- Hundreds gathered Friday at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center to honor Jeff Stroble. The firefighter who died after a fireworks explosion.

It was a very emotional day as Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham spoke. He thanked Stroble’s family for his 17 years of service saying every day he showed up to work and was willing to sacrifice his life for others.

“There’s going to be a lot of things we miss about Jeff Stroble. I don’t have to tell you guys that,” said Chief Graham.

Stroble died Sunday nearly seven weeks after being badly burned in a fireworks explosion at the Roswell Air Park. He and 11 other firefighters were preparing for the city’s Fourth of July festivities.

Friday, hundreds of people came to honor the veteran firefighter before he was laid to rest. The pastor said it was a beautiful turn out for a man that gave so much to his community.

“You guys are a family. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” said Pastor Gerry Chavez.

Following the funeral, a lined procession of fire trucks and dozens of cars made their way to the South Park Cemetery. Stroble leaves behind a wife, three kids, and two grandchildren.

Hoby Bonham, the other Roswell firefighter badly injured in the explosion was released from the hospital and returned home late last month.

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