CHEEKTOWAGA (WKBW) Twenty year old Richard Jones was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and a former volunteer firefighter in Niagara Falls. His body was flown home on Friday as more information is released on how he died, trying to help others.
A hearse flying two American flags, flanked by family, friends, and several first responders left the Buffalo Airport, transporting the flag draped casket of Marine Richard Jones.
Jones was killed last Saturday in San Diego. The Marines say he was involved in a multi-car crash on a highway, and when he got out of his car to assist another driver, he was struck and killed by an oncoming car.
"Anybody that volunteers for today's military, or is a volunteer first responder in their community, that's just the cloth that they're cut from. That's just how everybody is," Bruce Mack of the Frontier Fire Company said.
Mack is the Chief of the Frontier Company where Jones volunteered before becoming a Marine in 2012. Frontier was just one of the organizations present to pay their respect Friday.
"Even though the firefighters say they're brothers and the cops say they're brothers, but in a time of crisis, the emergency services always pulls together and helps each other out. And the number one thing we're here for is the family," Mack added.
A wake for Jones will be held on Sunday and Monday at Lane Funeral Home in Niagara Falls starting at 2 pm. The 20-year-old's funeral is next Tuesday at 10 am at Riverside Presbyterian Church.