The tribute for 25-year-old Dan Botkin came at a memorial service in Enderby on Thursday as hundreds of firefighters from as far away as Ontario showed up to pay their respects to their fallen comrade.
Botkin was killed a week ago during the mop-up of a blaze at a log home building company. Another firefighter was injured.
B.C. Fire Commissioner Rebecca Denlinger said all firefighters give up a little of themselves in their work, but Botkin did so much more than that.
"He has offered the highest sacrifice," Denlinger said. "He laid down his life in service for us and he lost it."
B.C. Lieutenant Governor Steven Point said that while Botkin's family has suffered a tremendous loss, the community is the beneficiary of his sacrifice.
"Our great province would be nothing without the kind of dedication and service that we receive from gentlemen like Dan Botkin, who give of their time and their energy in community service."
Botkin, who was married in October, was the first firefighter in the province to die in the line of duty since 2004. (CKIZ)