Posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Tuesday, Aug 12 at 11:58 PM
GLENDALE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- It has been almost a week since Glendale firefighter Jonathan French was killed in the line of duty. On Monday, firefighters from across the state and even from as far away as California gathered for French's funeral. Tuesday, the Glendale Fire Department called a news conference to thank everyone for support.
"Words just cannot express our gratitude and our thankfulness for you all for everything that you've done," said Glendale Fire Chief Richard Peters.
Peters says the outpouring of support for his fellow firefighter and nephew has been overwhelming.
"Jonathan was a simple person and we all agreed yesterday that he is probably saying why in the world did they make such a big deal out of it, but again its going to make a difference somewhere, something good is about to happen," said Peters.
The Glendale Fire Department hopes the support they've received will help implement the "ShutItDown" campaign, which aims to shut down highways completely while emergency personnel are working accidents.
"It was very humbling and its touched every one of us, its images that none of us will ever forget. To see what we saw for a small town country boy to get that much attention and nobody even really, until that happened Wednesday morning nobody knew the name Jonathan French, so now he is well known across the nation and hopefully his name will be the one that makes a difference."
Peters also gave us an update on Jonathan's mother and his sister Lisa who was also injured in the accident. He says she is recovering at home, but has a long road of surgeries ahead. There is a fund set up for the family at WestPoint Bank locations under "French Family Benefit Fund."
Peters hopes the department will make calls again in another two weeks.