Santa Barbara County Fire Department's Joey De Anda was transported in a Bearcat armored vehicle at the front of a line, an honor that reflected the relationships he forged with police, firefighters and paramedics during his time as a first responder.

A procession of fire trucks and other first responder vehicles heading southbound on Highway 101 entered Santa Maria shortly before 4 p.m., exiting the freeway at Stowell Road on their way to Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, where a service was held.

"He was loved by all, touched by all," said Jennifer Lopez, of Santa Maria, who identified herself as De Anda's cousin. "We lost him too soon and he will be greatly missed."