THREE FORKS, Mont. - On Tuesday hundreds gathered at Three Forks High School to pay tribute to Todd Rummel. Silence filled the air in Three Forks as Rummel's family walked to the memorial.
Inside photos of the Fire Chief lit up a projection screen. They displayed memories, happy moments, and showed Rummel with the smile many knew.
Several people spoke during the ceremony as they remembered a dear friend, family member, and co-worker.
"Todd was the most caring, and thoughtful, and helpful person that I know," said a long time friend of Rummel.
"Risk a lot to save a lot, risk little to save little, with Todd's life he just changed his words around a little bit," said a former colleague and friend.
Rummel served with the Three Forks Fire Department for eight years, but became chief a little over a month ago.
At the end of the memorial, everyone in uniform stood up for the ringing of the bell. It is a centuries old tradition honoring the life of a firefighter killed in the line of duty.
Todd's friends, family, and colleagues had a final message for Rummel displayed on the projection screen at the end of the photo slideshow. The message read, "Go in peace Todd, we'll handle it from here."
Montana Governor Steve Bullock ordered flags at half staff across the state Tuesday in honor of all six victims of last Thursday's fatal crash.