WHARTON, Texas Hundreds of mourners packed a funeral Sunday for a fire captain killed in the line of duty.

Capt. Thomas Araguz s body was discovered July 4 after he became trapped in a massive fire at a Boling egg farm.

He was just 30 years old and is survived by his wife and two young sons.

Firefighting is always a brotherhood, Cy-Fair District Chief Doyle Venerella said.

More than 100 fire vehicles including dozens of engines parked near the Wharton Civic Center. A black ribbon was placed on one of them and dedicated to Capt Araguz.

Firefighters from several counties marched past the ribbon into the civic center for the service that lasted roughly 90 minutes.

He loved what he did, said E.J. Gutierrez, a lifelong friend. He loved being with the fire department. You could tell this was his life.

After the funeral, the procession drove Araguz s casket by the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department one last time.

Graveside services followed at Evergreen Memorial Park.

An account has been established for Capt. Araguz s family at The First State Bank of Louise, 505 E. Boling Hwy, Wharton. The bank may be contacted at 979-532-0404.

Donors are asked to make checks payable to The Thomas Araguz III Memorial Fund.

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