FREER, TX (KIII NEWS) - For someone who dedicated his life to taking care of others, what goes around, comes around, but in the best of ways.
Freer Fire Chief James Finney had just turned 65 years old nine days ago, then Monday unexpectedly passed away from a sudden illness.
Finney had served the small community of Freer for decades...beginning his career as the city's first police dispatcher in 1978, then serving as fire chief for 37 years.
Saturday morning his funeral service was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, but what came after that is nothing short of amazing.
20 fire departments from Alice, to Mathis, to Orange Grove all brought their trucks and employees to show the small town of Freer how truly big a law enforcement support system can be. Emergency vehicles lined the main street with sirens on, while officers on the side of the road saluted Chief Finney one last time.
His family released this statement to 3 News saying "He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will truly be missed by his family and the citizens of Freer."
Saturday morning, these law enforcement officers following in Chief Finney's footsteps, dedicating their weekend to taking care of him.
Briana Whitney 3 News.