Beloved Ripon Fire Battalion Chief Honored at Memorial Service

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RIPON -- Dave Luis was a father, a coach, a friendly face and a hero.

"If you needed him at any time, if he was working or not, he would be the guy to call and he'd come and help you out," Marcus Reina, a family friend, said. "He's just that type of person."

Friday, the City of Ripon was there for Luis -- otherwise known as Firefighter Dave -- lining the streets to say goodbye.

Battalion Chief Dave Luis was a 26-year veteran of the Ripon Consolidated Fire Department. Luis died last week, following a three-year battle with cancer.

His department of 13 brave men, now 12.

Tears fell as dispatch gave his final call, his end of watch.

Fellow Battalion Chief Greg Bauman hugged Luis' son, while clutching his ashes. Fire departments from around the region came to show their support for a man so many held in such high regard.

"You would want someone like Dave to be in public service in your town," Rein told FOX40. "He was just that silent leader type. He didn't have to say much to get his point across, but you always knew not only that he was there for you but that you could count on him."

Amy Henderson contributed to this report.