Hundreds Went to the Funeral of Rangers Fan Who Died Out of Falling

Shanon StoneShanon Stone’s relatives, friends and colleagues are with the hundreds of mourners at a public visitation for the 39-year-old Texas Rangers fan who fell to his death attempting to catch a ball thrown by favorite player of his 6-year-old son.

He died last Thursday after falling off head-first around 20 feet from the seats at Rangers Ballpark.  Josh Hamilton threw a ball his way and Stone desired to hold it for his son Cooper.

Stone used up the last 18 years as a firefighter in Brownwood, a town of around 20,000 residents some 150 miles from the Rangers’ sports ground in Arlington.

The public visitation was Sunday night and a funeral service is planned for Monday.  The tributes have started, from flags in the area at half-staff and flowers left at a monument outside the fire department.

Trease Burke’s husband says family members of first responders are aware of the possibilities, but “You don’t expect it to be a freak accident.”

Stephen Haynes, Brownwood Mayor, says, “It’s still difficult to accept.”

A funeral is scheduled today, next by a procession to the cemetery that is anticipated to comprise over 100 fire trucks from across the region.  Texas Rangers’ representatives are planning to attend the funeral.

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