GILBERT, AZ - The Gilbert Fire and Rescue family took the time to escort a girl to her first day of school Thursday while mourning the loss of one of their own.
Fire officials say Battalion Chief James Nelson passed away on Wednesday after spending time in the ICU in critical condition.
Thursday marks Nelson's daughter's first day of class for the year at Campo Verde High School, so fire officials and police officers lined the street to escort her.
She arrived on campus in a fire truck and was met by two lines of police and fire officials who greeted her.
Hundreds of firefighters head on to Campo Verde High School campus to escort the daughter of Gilbert Battalion Chief James Nelson to school today. The Chief passed from a brain aneurism after his shift earlier this week @FOX10Phoenix #fox10phoenix @GilbertFireDept @MesaFireDept pic.twitter.com/cFwbJs64xH— Anita Roman Fox 10 (@ANITAROMANFOX10) August 2, 2018
RIGHT NOW: #Gilbert firefighters line the streets to escort the daughter of late Battalion Chief James Nelson to her first day of school. #LIVE VIDEO: https://t.co/v5Ku582mYo pic.twitter.com/30PMO2UxRi— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) August 2, 2018
"Our hearts are broken as we lost a husband, a father, a firefighter, a friend, and a true servant within this community. Rest easy James, when the alarm sounds today we will respond with the same excellence in service you always commanded. We’ve got it from here brother," Gilbert Fire Fighters - Local 2260 posted on Facebook on Wednesday.