Fallen firefighter laid to rest in Hartselle

Fallen firefighter laid to rest in Hartselle

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Jantzen Frazier (Source: Remembering Jantzen Frazier Facebook page) Jantzen Frazier (Source: Remembering Jantzen Frazier Facebook page)
Emergency responders from across the state joined Oden Ridge in mourning. Emergency responders from across the state joined Oden Ridge in mourning.
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A fallen firefighter was laid to rest Wednesday in Morgan County.

28-year-old Jantzen Frazier died last Thursday when the tanker he was driving to a house fire on Wilson Mountain Road crashed. He was an Oden Ridge volunteer firefighter and a decorated war veteran. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Firefighters, emergency workers and law enforcement officers from across the Tennessee Valley, Alabama and even out-of-state attended the services as hundreds paid their respects.

The funeral was at the First United Methodist Church in Hartselle. After the funeral, fire trucks led the procession to Danville, where Frazier was buried. There was also a strong show of support from veterans, as the Patriot Guard Riders came to pay their respects to their brother in arms.

Volunteers with the Oden Ridge Fire Department have been leaning on each other to get through their grief. Wednesday, they and Frazier's family had a lot of support from people who wanted to honor Frazier's memory.

"It's just been tremendous. There has been so much support that we've received over the last few days. And I know there will be continued support throughout as we go forward," said Oden Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Duffey.

Jantzen served two tours in Iraq, earning several medals.

"Sergeant Frazier was a hero. He was a multiple winner of Purple Hearts. A very young man; been through a lot of stuff in the Middle East. He's a first responder and a decorated military veteran. It makes it very special to us to honor the family and him," said Patriot Guard Ride Captain John Cooper.

The Oden Ridge Fire Department has been out of service while they deal with their loss. The chief said they will be responding to emergency calls again in a few days. Surrounding volunteer departments have been taking those calls, helping support the Oden Ridge firefighters.

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