Cockrell Hill Fire Chief Laid to Rest

Fire Chief Michael Burns died of cancer

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:28 PM CDT
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Hundreds of firefighters gathered at Potter's House in Dallas to say goodbye to Cockrell Hill Fire Chief Michael Burns who died last week.

Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News

Hundreds of firefighters gathered at Potter's House in Dallas to say goodbye to Cockrell Hill Fire Chief Michael Burns who died last week.

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First responders across North Texas gathered to honor Cockrell Hill Fire Department’s fallen fire chief.

Emergency workers attended funeral services for Cockrell Hill Fire Chief Michael Burns at the Potter’s House in Dallas on Wednesday. 

Through tradition, prayer and personal anecdotes, hundreds of co-workers and friends of Burns gave tribute to his larger than life persona.

The 42-year-old Burns died on May 2 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Burns started fighting fires when he was just 17 years old. In 2001, he joined the Cockrell Hill Fire Department and quickly rose through the ranks to become chief.

Burns’ colleagues say his work ethic shined as he battled cancer.

Aside from overseeing the fire department, Burns also devoted time to Children’s Medical Center Dallas as a flight medic.

"He said the fire department is my family, children’s is my family, this is what I want to do," John Darling, a former co-worker at Children's Medical Center Dallas said.

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