WEST (August 31, 2013) - Hundreds of people from across Texas were at the parade in downtown West Saturday morning.
The event was all part of the West Fest 2013 celebration.
This year was especially memorable because the twelve first responders killed in the explosion were honored in the parade.
Event organizers said this year they had more parade entries than ever before and businesses from all over the state showed up to drive through downtown.
Dane Chapman, the father of fallen Abbott Fire Fighter Jerry Chapman, talked about his 26-year-old son's free spirit and how he had found his passion in fighting fires.
"Emotions are hard and they have been for months," Chapman said. "You never know from one minute to the next what is going to set something off but seeing his name on these fire trucks in an honor."
Dallas Fire-Rescue Captain Ronnie Janek was best friends with Captain Kenny "Luckey" Harris, another fire fighter killed in the blast.
Both men lived in West and commuted to Dallas daily for work.
"When the fire came in he was visiting another friend of ours and of course he went to the fire like firefighters do," Janek said. "He went to see what he could do and he just never came back."