Hundreds of friends, family, colleagues, and first responders packed the Redding Civic Auditorium Saturday to honor Jeremy Stoke at a public memorial service.

Stoke was killed in the line of duty on July 26 while he was trying to help residents evacuate from the Carr Fire.

The 17-year veteran started his career with Cal Fire in 2001, and later joined the Redding Fire Department in 2004. Stoke was promoted to fire engineer in 2007, and in November 2017, he began working as a fire inspector.

"A true professional,” said Redding Fire Department’s Interim Chief, Cullen Kreider, when describing Stoke. “Tireless in his pursuit of arsonists and tenacious to find the cause of all of his assigned fires."

Stoke leaves behind his wife, Alyson, 13-year-old son, Caleb, and 9-year-old daughter, Aubrey.

"J was a friend like no other, a caring father, and a loving and loyal husband," said Redding Police Department Investigator, Mike DiMatteo.

DiMatteo was also Stoke’s best friend. "It is hard to believe that two weeks ago we were talking about retirement and the places we were going to go, and now I’m talking about how much we miss him,” said DiMatteo.

Stoke is one of eight people who died during the Carr Fire.