OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Ozark honored a beloved first responder days after he died off-duty.
Many showed up to the Ozark Civic Center to honor Ozark Fire and Rescue Lt. Justin Sutton who died while off duty.
Monday evening, news broke that Sutton died, prompting several Wiregrass first responder agencies and community to express their sorrow and support.
“He really, really, will be missed,” Mayor Bob Bunting said. “He had great potential, just a young leader that was very respected by all his fellow firemen and all the employees in the city.”
Friday afternoon, fire trucks lined the streets and the parking lot filled with vehicles as the Ozark community and Sutton’s loved ones gathered together to remember his life.
“It’s a sad time for all of us,” Bunting said. “He was probably one of the most respected professional firemen that we had here in Ozark, and boy, will we, he will just absolutely be missed.”
Justin was preceded by his wife, Amy, and his two foster children Cooper and Zeke.