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DALLAS Funeral services were held Saturday for firefighter Stanley Allen Wilson. The 28-year veteran of Dallas Fire-Rescue was killed battling a six-alarm condominium complex fire on May 20.

Hundreds of men and women in dress uniforms paid respects to their fallen colleague at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

"Beyond a firefighter, he was family man, and he loved his wife and loved his kids," said fire department Lt. Joel Lavender.

Friends and family described a man heavily involved in church. His pastor said Wilson's life mirrored his priorities: God and family.

"We have hard days ahead, but he is with the Lord," said senior pastor Dr. Jeff Warren.

Representatives from fire and police departments across North Texas stood at attention and saluted as a white-gloved colleague solemnly carried Wilson's helmet out of the church, followed by the pallbearers with his casket. It was raised aboard a fire truck that belonged to Fire Station No. 53, where he had worked at for more than two decades.

The truck was draped in black on Saturday.

"On the morning of May 20th, there was no hesitation on the part of Stanley Wilson to give it all," Chief Louie Bright said. "He had to save the lives of others."

"Someone asked him one time, 'What kind of work do you do?' And he said, 'I'm a husband to my wife and a father to my boys,'" Chaplain Denny Burris recalled.

Wilson s final resting place is the Garden of Honor located at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

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