A procession of fire trucks drove through the streets of Florence, Colorado, today to pay tribute to Mike Lynch, a volunteer firefighter killed in the line of duty.
The 32-year-old joined the Penrose Volunteer Fire Department less than a year ago. Fellow firefighters say he wanted to help others. On Feb. 3, he died doing what he loved.
That night, his fire department was called out to an accident on Highway 50. The crash was blocking the right lane of the highway, about eight miles east of Canon City. As Lynch directed traffic into the left lane, a car heading westbound slammed into him. He died an hour later at a local hospital.
Fellow firefighters and friends gathered in Florence this afternoon to remember Lynch’s life. He left a lasting impression on fellow firefighters in the short time he was with the department.
A memorial fund has been set up through the Penrose Volunteer Fire Department. You can send donations to: P.O. Box 194, Penrose, Colorado, 81240.