TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — It was an emotional day at New Harmony Cemetery as several fire departments and community members joined the family of fallen firefighter, Dave Phelps to honor his life and the sacrifice for his community.

“It’s a brotherhood. And we want to pay our respects,” Retired Fire Chief Jeff Fisher said.

The sound of bagpipes and the symbolic ringing of the bell echoed throughout New Harmony Cemetary.

Chief Phelps served as a firefighter for 59 years. Fisher said, that’s a testament to Phelps’ sacrifice to his community, “To go that long in the fire service is really a testament to his love for the service. You have to love this job in order to do the job and do it as many years as Chief Phelps has done,” Fisher said.

Dispatch made the final call over the radio, “713, District chief Dave Phelps, is out of service, he has gone home. May he rest in peace.”

To view WTWO’s coverage of the service, click here.