PEEKSKILL - A final salute was held this morning for a veteran Peekskill firefighter who died after fighting a fire.

Dozens of firefighters lined the streets of Peekskill Thursday morning to pay their final respects to fallen firefighter Kevin Bristol.

The 48-year-old gentle giant, as he was called around the firehouse, died on Monday after suffering a heart attack during a fire call. His colleagues say when they think of Kevin, they are reminded of his nurturing demeanor and the big smile he always seemed to have on his face. Bristol served the city of Peekskill for more than two decades. Those who knew him best say he did it because it was in his blood and because he loved it

Kevin Bristol leaves behind a wife and three children.