CLIFTON PARK: Fallen firefighter honored

Fellow volunteer fireman Tom Boucher served alongside Kruger.

"Just one of those stellar kind of guys. He knew what he wanted to do, he did everything to work towards his goals," Boucher said. "He did everything with gusto, and he was here when the hard work has to be done that nobody sees."

Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Department President Zack Zambri said in his eulogy that Kruger had participated in 107 alarms, 10 radio tests, and nine meetings in his short time with the company, including 76 calls this year.

Zambri said that firefighters sign their names in a book after coming back to the station after a call, and he imagined Kruger signing in with St. Peter at the gates of heaven. With all of the points he had earned in the firefighters' book, Zambri said, he imagined St. Peter saying "Come on in, son: a life well lived."

"Greg got it, and he got it at an early age. He realized that you have to leave this world a better place than you found it and that you can't just take, that you have to give back to the community. Some people go through their whole lives and never get it," Zambri said. "What a remarkable young man."

After finishing his eulogy, Zambri stood at attention at the head of the casket and saluted it.

About 200 friends and family gathered for the funeral. The casket was escorted by pallbearers through throngs of saluting volunteer firefighters as it entered and exited the church.

At the end of his homily, Butler quoted a famous poem by an unknown author.

"For your life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was gift to me," he quoted. "To remember this brings painful joy. 'Tis a human thing, love, a holy thing, to love what death has touched.""

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