Streets were lined with people showing their gratitude for Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, the pilot killed in a crash while fighting the Dog Rock Fire, Wednesday.
Almost everyone in the town of Mariposa found out in different ways, but they all decided to stop what they were doing and stand along Highway 140 as a procession carrying the Dyncorp pilot away.
"That's what they signed on for, they know their job, they do their job and it's a dangerous one," volunteer firefighter and military veteran Lou Cordero said. "It's a heartbreaking thing to have to go through, but these men are heroes."
As of Wednesday, the fire had spread 250 acres.
The type of tanker Hunt was flying, the S-2T, was grounded by Cal Fire but firefighters are using other aircraft in their efforts.