Blackfoot fire captain Kurt Aikele was honored by family, friends and firemen from around the state as he was buried Friday at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
Fire trucks and paramedic ambulances from Blackfoot, Fort Hall, Ammon, Burley, Boise, Nampa and Meridian took part in the procession from the Blackfoot West LDS Stake Center.
Hundreds of people attended the service to honor Aikele and his family.
During the graveside service, dispatch called for Captain Kurt Aikele three times by name. After no response, dispatch announced Captain Kurt Aikele was 10-8.
“He finished his earthly duties at 11:32 a.m. on Dec. 8,” dispatch said. “He was a good father, husband and fireman.”
Aikele served 21 years with the Blackfoot Fire Department. He was a captain for 12 of those years. He organized the first paramedic class at the department and throughout his career, he also taught first aid and CPR classes with his wife, Denise, at ISU.
Aikele died from cancer after a four-year battle against the disease.
At the conclusion of the service, the bagpipe and drum corps from fire departments around the state played “Amazing Grace.” As the corps finished the piece, one bagpiper played one more verse of this hymn as he marched away from the corps and the people assembled at the funeral.