Community honors fallen firefighter Ken Jones at procession, funeral

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A procession and funeral for firefighter Ken Jones was held Friday. He lost his life in the line of duty, fighting a fire at a condominium in Copper Mountain on Saturday.

An estimated 100 fire trucks and emergency vehicles formed a procession miles-long to honor Jones.

For a while, time seemed to stand still as strangers stopped along roads to salute a fallen hero’s casket riding on the back of his beloved Engine Number 1.

For years, Ken Jones rode that truck to to save people lives. Jones died – doing just that.

When he wasn’t fighting fires, he’d coach his kids’ lacrosse team, along with Kathy Hooper’s kids. She showed up carrying lacrosse sticks to say goodbye, in honor of a good friend.

“I can’t imagine if we were in their same position,” Hooper said. “They’re such a good family, always doing things for other people, with other people. They’re so great all the time.”

Firefighter Steve Lipsher worked with Jones for years and rode in the fire truck procession. “It was astoundingly moving. We had entire schools that had their students lined up along the sidewalks with their hands over their hearts. We had hundreds of firefighters and paramedics, it was all quite touching,” Lipsher said.

Hundreds of people showed up at the Waterstone Community Church to say goodbye to the husband and father of two children.

Fire chief Jeff Berino says he ran out of tears. “The most difficult moment for me was presenting the flags to his wife Carrie, his son Parker and his daughter Kaylee…it tore me up.”

Ken Jones’ death tore a lot of people up.

A Fallen Hero who gave his all, till the very end.

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