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News Specialist Stacey Butler reportingSeveral hundred people gathered today in Orem to pay respects for Mario Guerrero, the paramedic killed when a Life Flight helicopter crashed last Friday.
He was remembered by family, friends and colleagues from 50 different public safety agencies.
Mario Guerrero is remembered as a cheerful and talented paramedic who received accolades, though he never sought them.
The nine-year veteran of the Provo City Fire Department, in his two and a half years with Life Flight, saved hundreds of lives and made many friends.
He is the first Provo City firefighter to be killed in the line of duty.
"He was a good paramedic and he was a great firefighter. And he was a real good friend. He's going to be dearly missed," says Chuck Shepherd, a firefighter with Provo City.
More than 50 agencies paid him tribute today in an emotional ceremony in Pleasant Grove. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and unshakeable faith.
Mario Guerrero leaves behind a wife and four children and dozens of co-workers he counted as friends.
A public memorial service for the Life Flight victims will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Cottonwood High School. And public services are also planned for the pilot, Craig Bingham.
The funeral is Thursday morning at 11:30 at a church in Sandy.