GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (WMC) - A fallen Mid-South hero was laid to rest Tuesday.
People paid their respects to Army Major Trevor Joseph during a procession and memorial service. Crowds gathered on both sides of Winchester Road to honor the 33-year-old. Some, like, MaryBeth Francisco, brought their children.
“He’s a hero for our country,” MaryBeth Francisco said. “And we wanted to show that to our kids. I just want them to see it and be part of it.”
Major Joseph was a commander of a medivac unit for the Army. He died in Fort Polk Louisiana last month when his helicopter crashed on the way to help soldiers injured in a training mission.
His body traveled down Winchester from Collierville to Harvest Church in Germantown for his memorial service.
A few days ago, an entire block of Poplar Avenue was filled with people welcoming the Army major home.
According to the Army, Joseph was part of a crew flying at night to recover a soldier with a heat-related injury at the training center in Louisiana when their helicopter crashed. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash but survived.
Joseph, a Houston High grad, was deployed twice to Afghanistan and was awarded the bronze star for his service.
Major Joseph was well decorated with many distinctions, including the Bronze Star, and is credited with saving many lives during two tours in Afghanistan.
During the emotional funeral service, stories of Major Joseph's courageous missions were told by his fellow soldiers.
"He saved my friend Issac's life that night," Major Scott McCoy said. "And he's now married."
Major Joseph's wife and high school sweetheart gave a heartbreaking goodbye to the person she called the love of her life.
“I’m lucky to have spent half of my life loving the only person in this world I was meant for,” Erin Joseph said.