THREE FORKS -
The Three Forks community gathered today to honor Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel, who died in last weeks collision. The service was held in the gymnasium at the Three Forks high school.
"Just shows that we have a lot of people out here that care for not just Todd, but the community of Three Forks, firefighters, and the family," Three Forks Fire spokesman Brad Eastty.
Chief Rummel's neighbor, Bill Kelley said, "I enjoyed him as a neighbor, he's a very nice guy, very friendly."
Prior to the memorial service, 114 vehicles participated in the precession.
"The fact that we had 114 apparatus show up for the precession was just....Todd would've been thrilled," Eastty said.
Just last month, Todd Rummel was promoted to the Three Forks Fire Chief. But Eastty said Chief Rummel already carried himself as a true leader..
"Long before he ever held the title, he was a leader pretty much from the moment he showed up," Eastty said. "A lot of people caught on to his enthusiasm.
Not only was he well liked among the crew.
"He was a friend, he was a brother, and was even a father to a lot of people," Eastty said.
Rummel was also well know throughout the community.
"I don't know how he could meet everybody, but there's nobody out there that he didn't know," Kelley said.
Many members from the community filled the sidewalk to pay their respects. More than 300 safety officials stood shoulder to shoulder...guiding rummel's family through the sea of blue.
As for the family of five who also died in last week's collision, a fund has been made at the Valley Bank of Helena. You can made donations at any Valley Bank branch to the "Benefit of Ross and Boegli Family Fund." A service for the family will be held tomorrow in Helena.