Several hundred firefighters gathered inside a Claremore church Friday morning to honor a Tulsa fire captain.
Friends and family of Tim Marcotte celebrated the firefighter during a funeral service at the First Baptist Church in Claremore. Marcotte died suddenly at the age of 45 earlier this week and is survived by his wife and three sons.
"To honor a man of his integrity and the heart that he had was truly inspiring to people," Tulsa Fire Department Chief Ray Driskell said. "It's just unfortunate that we lost him so soon."
Driskell added that Marcotte held several positions within the department, most recently in the research and planning division. He also worked extra shifts and saved an individual during a water rescue on his day off.
"Probably one of the most caring men that I ever been around," Driskell said. "He loved the public and loved serving the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Fire Department."
Firefighters began a new tradition during Marcotte's funeral service by walking to his final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery. He was the first active firefighter to pass away in several years.
During the service, Chief Driskell added that Marcotte recently had his yearly review and excelled at everything. Donations can be made in his honor to the Tulsa Fire Fighters Credit Union.