George Rodgers passed away last week after battling lung cancer for nearly two years. He's the second Breckenridge fire chief to lose his fight with cancer in eighteen months. Former chief Roger McMullen died in 2010 just a few months after he was diagnosed.
The service drew both laughter and tears as friends and family reflected on his life.
While the loss is a hard one for the whole community, it hits especially close to home for Roger McMullen's son, Wayne.
"George Rodgers was my uncle. He was a major influence in my life. A major influence on Breckenridge itself," Wayne McMullen said.
Rodgers spent 30 years doing what he loved most, serving the city of Breckenridge. Friends and family described him as an easygoing, yet strong man.
"He was a quiet man. But when he spoke, people listened. Extremely tough and smart. He'll be a hard man to replace," he said.
Rodgers leaves behind his wife and four children. Donations in his memory are being accepted by the Breckenridge Fire Department and the American Cancer Society.