Jackson firefighters fill in at Meridian fire stations as crews attend fallen firefighter’s funeral


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Family and friends say goodbye to the Meridian firefighter killed in a crash last week.

On the day of Eric Gustafson’s funeral, firefighters from the Jackson Fire Department traveled to Meridian Wednesday to help relieve some of those firefighters of their duties so they could attend the ceremony.

Eric Gustafson (Photo: Meridian Fire Dept.)
Eric Gustafson (Photo: Meridian Fire Dept.)

We’re told that 21 Jackson firefighters volunteered their time to travel to Meridian to take over the fire department for a day and give firefighters there a break.

Fire Marshal Jason Collier said the absence of firefighter Gustafson is felt. He said the tragedy has brought everyone so close together, and he’s thankful to the other fire departments around Mississippi who have reached out and helped them through this difficult time.

“We couldn’t do it without other departments,” said Collier. “We need time to mourn. We need time to go to the funeral, have closure and memorials and if nothing else just sit around and hug each other without having to worry about calls.”

Jackson firefighters are performing their daily duties in Meridian just as they would do back at home, which includes going to fires.

JFD fire crews will work in Meridian until 7 p.m.

Gustafson was killed last week after the fire truck he was in rolled over and crashed. He and two other firefighters were responding to a call when the accident happened. The other two firemen survived the crash and were taken to the hospital.

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