Los Angeles Firefighter Kelly Wong, who died from his injuries following a training accident earlier this month, was remembered during a celebration of life ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels near downtown Friday morning.
A procession led by a fire truck bearing Wong’s casket began at 8 a.m. from Main and First streets, the Los Angeles Times reported. The ceremony began at 9 a.m. and roads in the area were closed ahead of the service.
More than 50 outside agencies were expected to be at the service to pay their respects.
Wong fell from an aerial ladder during a training exercise at 348 S. Main St. near Hotel Barclay on June 3 and died two days later.
The 29-year-old earned accolades when he graduated in 2015 from LAFD’s Recruit Academy. He was to transfer to Fire Station 9, which serves the downtown L.A. area, on June 12 and he was working at the station when the accident occurred.
Before joining LAFD, Wong spent time as a cadet with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and worked as a wildland firefighter in the Angeles National Forest.
LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said Wong left a “big impression” on the department during his two years of service.
“He was a selfless public servant; he was truly a skilled professional,” Scott said, later adding that Wong was “our brother.”
Battalion Chief Jamie Moore said Wong excelled with LAFD and everywhere he worked.
“This is a tragic loss for the Los Angeles Fire Department, but also for the fire service,” Moore said.
Wong is survived by his wife Danielle, his infant son Colton, his mother Ann, as well as his mother-in-law and father-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.