Fallen Denver firefighter remembered during emotional service

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ARVADA, Colo. -- Several firefighters from across the state gathered Tuesday morning to say goodbye to one of their own. John Whelan, a 15-year veteran of the Denver Fire Department, died last week after suffering injuries while fighting a fire in June.

Hundreds of fire crews and first responders from around the state attended the service at Faith Bible Church in Arvada.

Whelan died from the injuries he suffered fighting a fire on June 28. He fell through a skylight while checking a roof for damage after a routine call for a dumpster fire. He suffered broken bones and internal injuries, and died from an apparent heart attack last week.

The procession route of firefighters and equipment after the ceremony will include the closing of several intersections in Denver, including:

*Colfax Avenue and Park Avenue West

*Colfax Avenue and Marion Street

*16th Avenue and Marion Street

*16th Avenue and Downing Street

The procession ended at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge where Whelan will be buried.

The procession also passed by Denver Fire Station No. 8 on Park Avenue West where Whelan was working the night he responded to his final call of service. The public is encouraged to line the route to show support.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered U.S. flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Whelan, the first Denver firefighter killed in the line of duty since Lt. Richard Montoya in 2006.

Whelan was 46 and is survived by his wife and 13-year-old son.

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