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Family, friends gather to remember life of Brian Woehlke

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The body of Brian Woehlke makes its way to the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn on Monday. The body of Brian Woehlke makes its way to the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn on Monday.
Brian Woehlke and his family. Brian Woehlke and his family.
DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) -

Hundreds of firefighters lined the streets in front of the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn to bid farewell to 29-year-old Brian Woehlke, a Wayne-Westland firefighter who was killed while crews battled a blaze at a Westland strip mall last week.

"There's a brotherhood in the fire service that when we lose one of our own, we protect them through the service," Russ McNamee, deputy chief with the Dearborn Heights fire department.

The avid golfer, soccer player and University of Michigan football fan was carried from the funeral home to the church in a vintage fire truck Monday morning. His casket draped in an American flag. As the funeral procession made its way from Wayne to Dearborn, firefighters stood on guard at the church, protecting those who Brian left behind.

Fighting fires was in Brian's blood. His grandfather retired a lieutenant with the Dearborn fire department.

Woehlke leaves behind his wife, Jennifer, and 13-month-old daughter, Ava.

Following the funeral Mass, Woehlke will be buried at nearby St. Hedwig Cemetery.

A fund has been set up following Woehlke's death. Contributions to the "Brian Woehlke Charity" may be made to the Westland Fire Fighters Charity, P.O. Box 851320, Westland, MI 48185, or may be delivered to any of five Wayne-Westland fire stations.

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