DALLAS, TX — The Dallas firefighter who died Sunday when the helicopter he was riding in went down in the East River was returned home to Dallas Tuesday.
Transported by airplane, Brian McDaniel, 26, was greeted with a grand display of law enforcement and fire-rescue employees waiting on the tarmac of the airport.
As the plane taxied to the gate, two Dallas fire trucks bathed the plane in water from their two cannons and, after his body was placed in a hearse, police officers and firefighters stood by in salute.
He was removed from the airport in a procession of law enforcement vehicles from across North Texas.
Dallas Fire-Rescue released a statement Monday expressing condolences over his death.
"Officer McDaniel was single, and had no children, but was immediately survived by his Father, of Dallas; and his Mother and older Brother, of Denver, CO. Despite his short tenure, hearts are heavy with grief as we not only try to come to grips with his loss departmentally; but to also be there in every way that we can for his family.
Touching photos taken at the scene of McDaniel’s return:
Lead image via Dallas Fire-Rescue, used with permission