HAZLET - Family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered today to pay their final respects to a firefighter who died in the line of duty.
Services for Robert Meyer were held at the Shore Point Funeral Home in Hazlet. The beloved volunteer firefighter died of a heart attack while fighting a fire in Union Beach last weekend.
A long funeral procession that included members of the Union Beach and Belford fire departments, where Meyer served, gave him a full hero's honor. Also present were units from surrounding towns, including some who fought in the fire alongside Meyer last Sunday.
The procession headed down Route 36 and through Union Beach, where private services were held in front of the firehouse and Meyer's home.
The Union Beach fire chief says today would have been Meyer's 55th birthday. He also was recently married.
"He was a fireman's fireman," says Chris Tuberion, Union Hose deputy fire chief. "He was the guy that everyone leaned on. He was always the guy who came into the firehouse, even on the worst day or the worst tragedy, he was the guy that always had a smile on his face."
Flags will be flown at half-staff at the State House in Meyer's honor through Thursday.