Memorial service held for fallen firefighter

Posted at: 09/12/2013 5:26 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Brave and courageous were the words to remember fallen wildland firefighter Token Adams at his memorial on Thursday.

Adams disappeared in the Jemez Springs area late last month when he went looking for a fire on his ATV. His body was found a week later.

Rain started falling as a procession arrived at Calvary Church in Albuquerque. People from all around the state packed into the church to honor the 41-year-old man, taken too soon.

"We thank brave men and women who stand up every day and face fire and danger and nobody represented that more than Token," Lt. Governor John Sanchez told the crowd.

Adams leaves behind his wife Heidi, three children and an unborn baby girl-- who will be named Ayla Sky.

Adams' face smiled back at the audience as home videos were played. Special moments captured the firefighter smiling and laughing.

As the family now only has images of their loved one, his father-in- law expressed how thankful he is for the support from the community.

"You people, the state of New Mexico, the Jemez area, have taken my family, and have showered them with kindness," said Captain Harold Abbott.

The sound of bagpipes filled the air as a procession carried Adams' ashes out of the church. The crowd stood up to honor a fallen hero and his sacrifice.

Adams' wife is expecting their new baby girl any day now. She actually postponed her C-section to September 19th, which is Adams' birthday.