The city of Roswell announced in a press release Tuesday that a memorial service will be held Friday to honor the life of Jeff Stroble, a firefighter who recently died while recovering from injuries he sustained in the line of duty.
According to the press release issued by the city, the public is invited to attend a celebration of life for Stroble Friday, July 26 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center located at 912 North Main Street.
Immediately following the service there will be a procession to South Park Cemetery at 3101 South Main Street, for a burial that will include a firefighter ceremony and honors.
Additional details about the services will be released once they are finalized, the press release states.
Stroble, 46, of Roswell, a fire apparatus operator with the Roswell Fire Department for 17 years, died Sunday at United Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
He had been hospitalized since a June 5 explosion that occurred in a building south of Roswell while fire department personnel were preparing fireworks for the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.
Stroble and Robert “Hoby” Bonham, 36, of Roswell, an 18-year veteran firefighter, were critically injured in the blast. Both men were immediately airlifted to United Medical Center for treatment.
Bonham returned to Roswell June 30 after he was released from the medical center.
Ten other firefighters who were in the building when it exploded received minor injuries.
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