Funeral held for Cadet Steven Whitfield after death during HFD training

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HOUSTON - Hundreds of people paid tribute to Steven Whitfield, a Houston firefighter cadet who collapsed during training camp.

Several members of the HFD department spoke on the late cadet: "An important note to remember is that firefighters should never be remembered for what they do, but for what they are willing to do  . . . he was willing to do what so few have the courage for."

Whitfield spent his life serving others. The 32-year old was a few months from completing his ultimate dream . . . becoming a firefighter.

In the word's of Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner: "As the mayor of Houston, let me just say . . . that he graduated, he graduated a little bit early."

His younger sister, Lauren Tucker, was brokenhearted as she reminisced on the good times with her brother. "I know I'm not a team of one, you got me, know that I still got you."

As many mourn the loss of this cadet, they also gain inspiration from his selfless life. His final resting place will be his hometown in Beaumont, Texas.

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