HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston firefighters gathered in the Woodlands for a memorial to honor one of their own killed in the line of duty.
First responders ushered in their brother, 46-year-old Houston firefighter Daniel Groover, with his casket draped in the American flag.
Groover lost his life fighting a house fire in Kingwood on Wednesday. Hours earlier, he called family just to check in.
"What mattered to Danny Groover were people. Love always a legacy because we don't have a contract for tomorrow," said Pastor Randy Reeves.
"He was loving, and fiercely committed husband, father, family member and a friend to everyone who knew him," said brother Gene Talbot.
A procession was held from College Park High School to the Woodlands Church where the memorial was held. From the ground and from the air there was an overwhelming show of support in The Woodlands.
"These men are our heroes. These women are our heroes," said supporter Caitlin Reeves. "We appreciate them. We love them. What would we do without them?"
So far, authorities have not said exactly what caused Groover to collapse in the burning home. Daniel leaves behind a wife and three adult sons.
Memorial held to honor fallen firefighter Daniel Groover