Honorary firefighter, little Landon Martin, laid to rest after losing battle with cancer

(Evington Vol. Fire Dept.)

RUSTBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Fire departments across the area came together Wednesday to honor a young brother.

11-year-old Landon Martin died from cancer last week.

Landon joined the Evington Fire Department as an honorary firefighter in 2016.

Even though he lost his battle to cancer, family said it never crippled him.

"It cannot cripple love. It can not shatter hope. It cannot corrode fate. It cannot eat away at peace," said Landon's grandfather.

"Had fun times with him coming down to our open house and sitting in our new fire truck," said WT Hall, the Evington Fire Department chief. "In the fire service, the brotherhood goes well beyond the walls of everyone's station and we obviously see that today."

Family, friends, and the nearly dozen fire departments that attended his funeral know their Landon, their brother, is at peace.

Along with the fire department, Landon loved John Deere tractors.

His grandfather said when the 11-year-old died a rainbow came across the sky.

"Some say it had a tint of John Deere green," he said.

They knew he would always be with them.

"Tough for everybody, but we'll all get through it and Landon will always be a part of our fire department," said Hall.

The Evington Volunteer Fire Department says the benefit to honor Landon is still scheduled for this Saturday.

It will be at the Evington Volunteer Fire Department on Colonial Highway at 4 p.m.

A flyer shows there will be food, including pork and chicken BBQ, hot dogs, cole slaw, and baked goods being sold for donations, along with a corn hole tournament and 50/50 raffle.

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