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CLARKSBURG -

Michael Dale Garrett, 28, was laid to rest just one week after he was killed in the line of duty on Saturday.

Garrett was a Nutter Fort Volunteer Firefighter and responded to a collapsed cell tower where two men were trapped.

After arriving at the scene, a second cell tower fell on top of him.

Those close to Garrett said he died doing something that meant a lot to him.

"He lived and died firefighting and emergency services. He was an excellent firefighter and very good medical person. He had compassion for everybody," said Sam Maxson, the Nutter Fort City Recorder and friend of Garrett.

A funeral was held at the Nathan Goff Armory in Clarksburg on Saturday. More than 70 fire departments attended the funeral to pay their respects.

"I know that there were 78 fire departments, just fire departments in the line up. Some had five to eight pieces of apparatus each," explained Jeremy Haddix, Nutter Fort Fire Chief.

There were also police officers and emergency personnel in attendance.

Haddix said seeing all of that support shows just how much of a family fire departments really are.

"It shows the brotherhood of the fire service and standing up and salute and honor a brother being a hero," Haddix said.

After the funeral the procession traveled to the Greenlawn Cemetery where two ladder trucks flew the American flag, and guests could say their final goodbyes to a man who everyone will truly miss.

"He was a happy guy, always smiling. Do anything in the world for you. He was a treasure," said Maxson.

Haddix agreed that Garrett was not only a good fire fighter, but also a good man.

"He was an awesome fireman, an awesome guy. He was a true friend, a true brother to everybody. He devoted his whole life to helping people," said Haddix.

Garrett's last call rang out before 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.