Pat Williams firefighter

Pat Williams.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- On Saturday, people in Kansas City came together at the Firefighters Fountain and Memorial to honor those who have died in the line of duty.

KCTV5 News spoke to one family who shared what it meant to them after they lost a loved one.

It has been a hard couple of months for Jenny Williams and her family after she lost her husband and her children lost their father.

“It’s just nice that they have not forgotten them,” Williams said.

Her husband was a firefighter with the Kansas City Fire Department for 38 years.

He died in February from a rare form of cancer.

“He was our rock,” Williams said. “He was a great guy that would do anything for anybody. He was a wonderful husband and a wonderful father.”

The service was a start of an annual ceremony that recognizes those who have died in the line of duty within the last 150 years.

“Because one of the things we say at the time of death is that their service will never be forgotten and this is truly living up to that promise,” said former KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer.

For Williams, this ceremony is a way to keep her husband’s memory alive.

“He not only saved many lives through the fire station, he also helped saved kids that needed help in any way,” she said. “So, we miss him a lot.”

In a week, the 32nd Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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