7-Year-Old Sandy Hook Victim, Daniel Barden, didn’t get the chance to grow up and become a firefighter, but on Wednesday he got a firefighter's funeral.
All he wished for was to become a firefighter like his uncles but his future was terribly cut short when he became Adam Lanza's victim in the Sandy Hook shooting on Friday.
In a heartbreaking display of compassion and commemoration on Wednesday morning, more than 100 firefighters attended his funeral and lined the long driveway on both sides, from the curb to the large wooden doors of Saint Rose of Lima Church.
As Daniel’s heartbroken family passed by in the funeral procession, the firefighters stood at attention in dress uniform.
"We came here to show support," said John Cummings of Ladder Co. 45 in New York City and treasurer of the NYC Firefighters Brotherhood Association.
Two of Daniel’s relatives work at the Fire Department of New York, and the gap-toothed little boy had wanted to join their ranks one day.
"If me being here helps this family or this community just a little bit, it's worth it," said Kevin Morrow, a New York firefighter and father of two young girls. "He wanted to be a firefighter, as any young boy wants to be."
The church was completely packed with mourners to pay their respects to Daniel, who was remembered as an outgoing kid. Friends, family, neighbors and classmates; everyone was there.
NYC firefighter Kevin Morrow said Daniel's brother talked about how "Daniel inspired everyone around him to be happy."
Funerals were also scheduled for Charlotte Bacon and Caroline Previdi, both 6-year-old and Vicki Soto, a 27-year-old teacher.
At Sandy Hook itself, well wishers and mourners had left tributes such as candles, flowers and stuffed animals.
Well wishers came to the town from as far afield as Iowa. Beth Howard said she had driven 17 hours from Eldon, Iowa, in an effort to do whatever she could to help. She joined a group of people from New Jersey who decided to bake pies for residents of the town to show their solidarity and support.
"It has already made the trip worthwhile,"said Howard, describing the smiles she got from local residents.
The first of many funerals was held on Monday and two children were laid to rest on Tuesday. Most of the town's schools reopened on Tuesday, but there was no immediate word on when the Sandy Hookstudents would be back in the classroom.