BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County Fire Capt. Brian Falk was remembered as a family man and hero at a funeral ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Capt. Falk, a 20-year veteran of the Kern County Fire Department, died unexpectedly on July 14 while on active duty. Saturday’s services, held at Valley Bible Fellowship church in East Bakersfield, capped more than a week of remembrance that included multiple funeral processions and honors from Governor Newsom.

Family, friends and firefighters from across the county and around the state celebrated Capt. Falk’s life, a life, they say, dedicated to helping others. Kern County Fire Chief Aaron Duncan called Capt. Falk a “hero.”

“He would never want to say that, but he was,” Duncan said. “He saved lives.”

Capt. Falk’s close friends shared memories of his contagious laugh and passion for helping those in need. The service also included a video tribute to Capt. Falk and a traditional last-bell ceremony conducted by members of the Kern County Fire Department.

Capt. Falk is survived by his wife and two young sons. A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.

You can donate to the GoFundMe at this link.