From Northern Virginia to Frederick County, Md. and finally to Waynesboro, Pa., firefighters came to escort Drue Jones’ body as a part of a processional.
“Police and fire personnel lined bridges. They were stationed at intersections all along that journey today, which was very very touching,” said Wayne Powell, Media Affairs Specialist for the Vigilant Hose Company.
For 14 years Jones served as a career firefighter for Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue in Maryland. His colleagues from the Vigilant Hose Company say Jones was trained in a lot of different things, and fit in wherever he was needed.
“He touched everybody with whom he served, especially here in our northern Frederick County, right at the Pennsylvania line,” said Powell.
In addition to his work in Frederick County, Jones volunteered for the Mont Alto Fire Department for more than 40 years. Jones was known for having a sense of humor but was serious when it mattered the most.
“He joked, he was a prankster, but when the alarms went off, he’d shift in different gears. He knew what he was doing, you never had to worry about what was going to happen with him there,” said Mark Garling, Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief.
Once crews made it to Waynesboro, many firefighters were there to comfort Stephen Jones, the son of Drue Jones. Stephen Jones is a firefighter and credits his dad for getting him interested in the career.
“I’d see him going to calls and I started volunteering for a little while and then also ended up getting hired at the fire department, so it kind of runs in our blood. And he is 100 percent the sole reason I am where I am today,” said Stephen Jones.
Family and friends say they will try to keep his legacy alive and honor him.
“We’re doing what he would want. We’re honoring him for his last ride on a fire truck. He’s actually not on a fire truck, but his last ride he would ever take, so we’re here for him,” said Jones.