Hundreds of fellow firefighters and loved ones gathered to pay their final respects to Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky on Saturday.
The 46-year-old father and volunteer Forada firefighter died last Sunday, eight days after he was assaulted outside the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill.
More than 600 mourners attended his funeral Saturday, including representatives for numerous other fire departments, whose engines rode in convoy before filling the parking lot outside the Alexandria Covenant Church.
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Among the many emotional moments on the day is this recording of the final page for Hlinsky from the local fire dispatcher.
"End of watch, May 13, 2018," it says. "On behalf of the city of Forada, the Forada Fire Department, and the first responders, we thank you for your 28 years of dedicated service.
"Your legacy will live on. We've got it from here, Beaver."
Among those who shared memories at the funeral were Hlinsky's children, Dominic and Abby.
KSTP reports that Dominic said his father – with whom he'd been farming since 2013 – was a hero who touched many lived and was loved by the community.
A family friend read a eulogy from Abby, who said he "never gave up on her and was always there for support."
Two men were charged with manslaughter over their involvement in Hlinsky's death on Friday.
They are alleged to have goaded him at the Forada Bar, blowing marijuana smoke in his face, and when he tried to escort one of them out of the bar, they attacked.