Local first responders along with friends and family of Springfield Township Fire Captain Charles Gossard, paid their final respects and laid him to rest, Monday.

Gossard served as a fireman for three decades. In honor of his legacy, a funeral procession was made up of fire trucks, policemen and other first responders who paraded for miles.

Gossard, was a fourth generation fireman at the Springfield Township Fire Department. His son, Dan Gossard, has followed in his footsteps to become a fifth generation fireman.

"It means the world. I know since, ever being little I remember driving around in fire trucks and riding in parades," Dan said.

Though a trying time, the Gossard family is doing their best to make it through.

"It's tough. No one wants to go through a loss like this," said Dan. "But he would want us to be happy and laughing, he wouldn't want us to sorrow so we're trying to honor that the best we can," he said. Gossard's family tells 21 News they want his legacy to live on through selfless acts and kindness.

"He was loving, he was dedicated, he didn't judge anybody, he would talk to anybody, give everybody a helping hand," said Dan. "Everything you needed he was there. So, just live on his memory and help and serve your community the best you can," he said.

Gossard was taken to Petersburg cemetery to be buried next to his father.