Fallen Dallas Firefighter Laid To Rest In Greenville

flag for fighter krodle Fallen Dallas Firefighter Laid To Rest In Greenville

(credit: KRLD NewsRadio 1080/L.P Phillips)

GREENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – On Friday, final respects were paid to fallen Dallas Firefighter Todd Krodle.

Members of fire departments from across the nation made the trip to North Texas for the funeral of Lieutenant Todd Krodle. The nearly 18-year department veteran died over the weekend after falling through the roof of an apartment while fighting a three-alarm blaze.

During the funeral Krodle’s long time friend Becky Black said she was not surprised the 41-year-old husband and father put his life after others.

“See people like me have to carry a card that says I’m third, to remind me that I have to put God first in my life, that I’ll put others second and that I’ll be third,” Black told the hundreds of people at the Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Caddo Mills. “I have to carry the card to remind me. Todd’s life was a reminder that he was third.”

Other friends called Krodle a quiet man who devoted his time to family and church.

Two Dallas Fire Rescue ladder trucks hoisted a giant American flag above the street next to the church before the funeral service began. Along with firefighters and high-ranking Dallas Fire Rescue commanders, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and several city council members attended the service.

Dallas Fire Rescue Interim Fire Chief Louie Bright had specific words that distinguished Krodle. “Dedication, commitment, sacrifice and honor,” he said to the congregation definitively. “As I stood alone last night, viewing the slideshow during the visitation, it became clear to me that these words not only describe Todd as a firefighter but they also spoke about his way of living.”

Krodle is survived by his wife, Kelli, and two children.

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  • AshamedDallasite

    It is a pathetic shame the people of this city constantly degrade the public servants of Dallas..anytime a firefighter or police officer is in trouble there are at times HUNDREDS of naysaying morons commenting..yet when one gives HIS LIFE for these same “people” I use that term very loosely…there are NO comments! You people are sick and pathetic! Thank you Lieutenant for serving the citizens of this ungrateful city..God bless you,your family, and those that serve Dallas every day!

  • J.Blalock

    Brotherhood forged in fire is forever… Love the saying that the long term friend said… It has alot of truth to it.. God Bless all the public servants

  • Lori Ulmer

    Many times, these guys are even unappreciated by the ones they are trying to save. People fail to realize that our first responders are human too. The human factor causes mistakes to happen. But, when chips are down, they will lay their life down for you. We need to give props to our first responders. They do the job many of use are unwilling to do. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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