CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been just over one week since an off-duty Brownwood firefighter died at a Texas Rangers game. Shannon Stone was trying to grab a souvenir baseball when he fell from the left field bleachers.
He was at the game with is young son.
Friday night Stone’s parents, brother and friends gathered to remember him in Cleburne. They shared one story after another about a man they loved so much.
His brother talked about their good times together. “Shannon gets this bottle rocket and just kind of points it out that way,” his brother Chad motions, remembering a time when the two were just boys having fun “And the next thing you know it’s going everywhere.”
Like so many at the benefit, Deanna Lewis grew up with Stone and went to the high school with him in Cleburne. “My favorite memories are walking down the hallway and him just say his name and have his little giggle and just smile,” says Lewis “I feel happiness because I know the joy he brought to all of us and sadness knowing that we wont’ have that anymore.”
Jimmy Ochoa also can’t forget that smile, “He just had that goofy smile. He was always happy and just never in a bad mood.”
Lewis and Ochoa were classmates of Stone, graduating from Cleburne High School in 1990.
On Friday night, the only requirement was to wear something with a Rangers logo on it. The group of friends and family were holding a benefit for Stone’s wife and 6-year-old son at Caddo Street Grill in Cleburne. “It was an unfortunate accident. We just want to see what we can do to get some family for the family,” says Jeff Hakul who is the General Manager of the Caddo Street Grill.
The restaurant donated 50% of all their food sales from the event to the family. They hoped to raise around $4,000.
The family says even in death Stone is still helping people. Stone was an organ donor, and his gift has helped more than 40 people, including a man who will have eye sight for the first time.