Over 100 people from all over the Kootenays came together Saturday morning to pay their respects to Crescent Valley firefighter Kyle Zarchikoff.
Zarchikoff died when the pick-up truck he was driving collided with a logging truck last month on Highway 40, about 50 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.
Zarchikoff was working in Alberta as an oilfield paramedic.
Friends, family and emergency personnel filled the Brilliant Cultural Centre, not to mourn the loss, but celebrate Zarchikoff’s life.
Emotional words came from his mother, brother, and twin sister. Friends described him as a loving, caring, funny man who only wished the best for everyone else and enjoyed helping above anything else.
Crescent Valley firefighters then took to the stage to express their condolences and regret at losing such a valued member of their force.