Five years after his death, Meridian firefighters remember Eric Gustafson

Bianca Moorman / The Meridian Star

Meridian Fire Chief Jason Collier lays a wreath in honor of Eric Gustafson at Central Fire Station on Thursday. 

Five years after Eric Gustafson died in the line of duty, his fellow firefighters are keeping his memory alive. 

Gustafson, 40, died on Sept. 9, 2016, after the fire truck he was driving overturned on a curve on Old 8th Street Road in Meridian. Two colleagues, Capt. Jeff Stuart and Firefighter David Carney, were injured in the accident.

“That day not only took the life of a firefighter, but it also changed the lives of many others," Meridian Fire Chief Jason Collier said during a service honoring Gustafson at Central Fire Station on Thursday. 

“We all remember him,"  said Capt. Kenny Robinson, who recalled working with Mr. Gustafson. "For those of us who worked close with him, the memories are always there...but to have something like this ceremony is good.”

Jan Gustafson, Mr. Gustafson’s mother, said her son loved his job.

Five years after his death, Meridian firefighters remember Eric Gustafson

Bianca Moorman / The Meridian Star

Jessica Gustafson places flowers at memorial for her father Eric Gustafson during an event in his honor at Meridian Fire Station #1 Thursday. Mr. Gustafson died in the line of duty in 2016. 

“He loved being a fireman and he loved what he did,” she said. “We are grateful that the city has remembered him so beautifully.”

“I know that he is looking down today smiling and missing his fellow firefighters,” she added. 

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