MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Firefighters lined a route taken by a hearse transporting the body of a City of Miami firefighter killed in a drive-by shooting over the weekend.
His helmet, jacket, gloves and the firefighting gear taken on every alarm to protect him once again accompanied Firefighter Chadrick Davis on one of his final journey.
“I think it is a great honor and a great pleasure to honor him this way,” said Fire Captain Gary Perkins with City of Miami Fire Rescue.
Twenty-three-year-old Davis was gunned down in a drive-by shooting early Saturday morning while attending a wake for someone else. His friend 22-year-old Sirernest Williams was also killed.
On Tuesday morning, his body was taken from the Medical Examiner’s Office, loaded onto a hearse and escorted to a funeral home on NW 54th Street in Liberty City.
Along the way, the procession made heartfelt passes at three local fire stations – Station 5 on NW 20th Street, Station 6 on NW 36th Street and finally Station 12 on NW 56th Street.
“By passing by several fire stations, it gave our brothers and sisters at the fire department an opportunity to honor our fallen brother,” said Perkins.
Each time, fellow firefighters standing at attention out front, as Davis made his way to the funeral home where his final services will be held honoring his life.
It was a heartfelt tradition for those who served with him to show he will always be remembered.
Perkins remembers Davis as a little boy when Davis’ father was also fire fighter.
“I knew him very well. I knew him as a small kid. As a matter fact, this very station, he used to play football in the back of this very station,” said Perkins.
Those who knew Davis said he was a very dedicated and hardworking firefighter. His funeral service will be held Saturday at noon at New Birth Cathedral at 2300 NW 135th Street in Opa-Locka.