COBB COUNTY, GA - She battled fires and responded to emergency calls to help others. Cobb County firefighter Stacey Boulware is being remembered by friends, family and hundreds of firefighters.
Saturday, a procession of fire trucks drove through the rain from the funeral home in Marietta to the church in Powder Springs where they were joined by more than 600 firefighters from across Georgia and other states to honor Boulware.
"I want you to know she loved being a firefighter, this was her ministry," said her cousin, Meredith.
Boulware had been a firefighter for 19 years. Monday morning after responding to two difficult calls, she returned to Station 5 in Vinings where she collapsed. She is the first Cobb firefighter to die in the line of duty since 1985.
"Stacey's name will be etched in a memorial on the square for falling firefighters, public safety officers," said Cobb County Public Safety Director Sam Heaton.
Fire Chief Randy Crider broke down in tears as he recalled some long talks he had with Stacey while she was going through a rough time about a year ago.
"We cried together, we prayed together. She looked at me and said 'Chief, I love you', those are the words that echo in my mind today because they may have been the last thing she said to me," Crider said.
He called this a dark time for the department and hopes that this loss will bring the entire department closer together.