Funeral services for Missouri firefighter killed in line of duty

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Harold Holligsworth was killed in the line of duty.
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LEXINGTON, Mo. -- A community gathered Friday afternoon to say goodbye to Harold Hollingsworth, the Fort Osage Assistant Fire Chief who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday.

Hollingsworth, 47, worked for the fire department for 16 years.

Sunday night he was responding to a fire call when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree.

One of Harold's fellow firefighters, who first met Harold in 1996, gave his eulogy.

He told the story of practicing with Harold on fire equipment, telling Harold to crank up the water into the fire hose.

"I saw this little smirk.. and then he cranked it up. Does anyone here know what nozzle reaction is?" his friend said.

"I found myself laying on my back, on the ramp, soaking wet.
That was my first experience with the smirk. Y'all know what I'm talking about....

In the last 16 years I've seen that smirk many times. And I tried not to be on the receiving end. When you spend 24 hours every third day with someone, you get a sense of who they really are, what makes them tick and the things that are important to them.

Here's what I can tell you about Harold. He loved his family. He loved his country. He loved his career. He loved helping people. He loved life."

In lieu of flowers, it's suggested that mourners donate to the Lexington Wrestling Program or the Fire Fighters of America Missouri Memorial Program.

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Assistant Chief Harold Hollingsworth
Assistant Chief Harold Hollingsworth

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