Community Says Goodbye to Hometown Hero

October 10, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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October 10, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM EDT

LAKEVIEW, NY ( WKBW ) A volunteer firefighter who was run over by a school bus last week, was laid to rest Saturday.

Family and friends said goodbye to 49 year old Ronald Wattie at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help church in Lakeview, N.Y.

A school bus filled with students struck the father of two as he was crossing Route 5 in Derby last Monday morning.

Wattie was a longtime volunteer with the Highland Hose Company, and his fellow firefighters were first responders at the crash scene.

Chief Ronald Trask of the Highland Hose Company told Eyewitness News, "It was one of the hardest days of my career as a firefighter, I can tell you that...as Ron was a good friend of mine also before I joined the fire service. Just very tough for everybody."

Father Joe Bayne, Chaplain for Erie County Emergency Services talked about Wattie. "A good man. He did the little things in life...volunteer firefighter, hunter, fisherman, good Dad, good husband."

Wattie's son is also a volunteer firefighter, and his daughter is an explorer with Highland Hose.