Hundreds flocked to the funeral of firefighter Shannon Stone, the Texas Rangers fan who tragically fell to his death while trying to catch a foul ball in the stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Stone, 39, plunged 20 feet, and died from blunt force trauma to the head while attempting to catch a ball thrown to him by outfield Josh Hamilton. To add to the tragedy, Stone's six-year-old son, Cooper, was with him at the the time and Stone expressed concern about his little boy en route to John Peter Smith Hospital.
Stone served with the Brownwood Fire Department for 18 years, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. The service did not focus on his tragic death but rather on Stone's contribution to society.
They really, really captured the essence of what he was - a really good guy with a good sense of humor, said Johnson County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Russek II, who knew Stone for more than 20 years and worked with his father and brother, according to the Associated Press. He cared about people, like a true servant.
Though fans falling from the stands has happened before, such a consequence is not common.