BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) It was an eight hour event to raise money for the family of 34-year-old Jonathan Croom. Croom lost his life along with 45-year-old Charles "Chip" McCarthy in a fire last August.
After hearing cries for help from inside a building on the east side, Croom rushed in to help. There was confusion about who was trapped inside. Firefighters initially thought it was a civilian, but investigators determined that it was a fellow firefighter trapped inside.
When we heard the bravery, the self sacrifice that he showed that night going in after one of our guys that was in trouble, it hits home with you," said John Murphy, Croom's captain.
Croom's friends organized the concert event at the Pearl Street Bar and Grill to raise money for Croom's two children. One that was born after he died.
Croom's mother Angie Heusinger says the pain will never go away, "When you loose somebody that you love so so much so much that was so important in our life there is no adjustment it's a day to day nightmare."
Croom may be gone but he is not being forgotten. His name has been put on his unit's fire truck.
"You get on the rig and that's the first thing you see is John Croom," said Stephen Hartman a fellow fire fighter.
Others chose to remember Croom with something more permanent. Willie J. Holliday Jr. was a firefighter in the same unit as Croom, he got a tattoo on his forearm in memory of his friend.
"I called him the peace keeper because whenever we had tension around the firehouse he always would be there to pick everybody else up," said Holliday.
His friends tell us today's event is a reminder of the danger and sacrifice firefighters like Croom brave everyday.