AUSTIN - A funeral procession involving 40 tow trucks and local fire trucks led a late fire chief, tow truck driver and mechanic to his final resting place Sunday afternoon.
Denver Wayne Kokel, 64, served more than 30 years to the fire services in Travis County, holding ranks from volunteer fire fighter to the chief of the department for Travis County Fire Control - ESD 4. He died Aug. 31 of a heart attack, according to his obituary.
According to the fire department, Kokel began his volunteer services with the Travis County Fire Control as a 14-year-old boy scout. Armed with a pressurized water tank and garden hose, 5-gallon water pails, burlap bags, brooms and shovels, the 14-year-old helped defuse grass fires in the area.
In addition to his service in the fire department, Kokel was a 50-year veteran of the towing industry and eventually opened his own company, Denver's Towing. As recent as last week, Kokel was turning wrenches on one of his own wreckers.
Kokel's funeral service was held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church followed by interment at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery.