JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters came together, Saturday, in honor of their fallen comrade, to run a race with his 4-year-old daughter and keep his spirit alive.
Hailey Swary took part in the Cupcake 5K at the St. Johns Town Center in memory of her father. Alongside her were more than two dozen firefighters, supporting her every step of the way and making sure she is never alone.
Firefighter Chris Swary, 43, was killed on Feb. 2 when investigators said he crashed into a JEA truck stopped on Arlington Expressway.
"It's probably going to be a little emotional, to be honest. Even just mentioning it makes me think about it. Chris would just be beaming from ear to ear to see Hailey cross that finish line in her first 5K. I think it's going to be awesome to be there and share that with her," Swary's former engineer, Sheryl Rodgers, said.
When he was alive, Swary and Hailey would run 5-mile races for fun. Whenever they would finish, the two would always go out for cupcakes and ice cream.
Hailey told News4Jax reporter her favorite cupcake and ice cream is "The pink one."
Swary's fellow firefighters said they have been there for his family through this ordeal and plan to be there every step of the way into the future.
"I can't express enough how grateful we are," said Swary's fiancée, Lindsay Shelton. "All they've done for us and the family and continue to do."