Memorial service held for fallen firefighter Capt. Donald Jones

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    Captain Donald Jones was killed in the line of duty after 31 years with the Jacksonville Fire Dept.

    LITTLE ROCK Ark., (KTHV) -- Family and friends of Caption Donald Lee Jones laid the firefighter to rest today. Jones died while working an accident on Highway 161 Monday night.  Hundreds came out to McArthur church to offer their respects.

    Firefighters and police officers lined the door ways outside of MacArthur Church on Saturday. And on the inside Conway Jonesboro and Little Rock firefighters played bagpipes as family members and friends of Donald Lee Jones entered the church.

    "He loved his family, he loved his wife his kids his grandkids and his great grandchild," says Chaplain Joe Bratton.

    Bratton with the Jacksonville Fire Department officiated the service. He started working with Jones in 1984. He says, "One of the best EMT's on an ambulance I've ever worked with and he's a good firefighter, for me that's one of the best compliments you can give a man and he is a good firefighter." 

    Jones died Monday from injuries suffered when a driver hit him while he was working an accident on Highway 161 in Jacksonville. A second firefighter and police officer were critically injured in the accident as well. Officers arrested the driver, Bryce Allen, he's charged with second degree murder and intent.

    Bryant fire Chief Randy Cox helped organize Saturday's service. He says Jones and he met through the fire department. He says, "It doesn't matter if it's in Jacksonville, Bryant, Arkansas or Houston Texas, the fire service is a brotherhood and when you hear a firefighter falls particularly in the line of duty it's like losing one of your own."

    The Bryant Fire department was able to get enough outside agencies to help cover the Jacksonville firefighter's shifts that they were able to completely shut down the fire department so that all the workers could attend Saturday's service and pay tribute to their brother.

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