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Tow truck driver buried in uniform

Published On: Mar 07 2014 04:32:43 PM CST
Tow truck driver funeral

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A Middleburg Heights tow truck driver who died on the job was laid to rest Thursday with a unique funeral procession.

"If he's seen this right now, I don't think he could hold back the tears," said Eric Olsen, the brother of tow truck driver Arthur Bryant. "Truly, to me, my brother and family this is overwhelming, very overwhelming."

More than 40 tow trucks and several police cruisers from around northeast Ohio came out to pay their respects to Bryant by creating a large funeral procession.

Tow trucks of all sizes came down Pearl Road Thursday on their way to Lakewood Park cemetery.

"Even if it's rivals, they were his friends. They were his brothers. They are paying respects the same way Art would do for them," said Christian Olsen, Bryant's brother.

Family and friends who attended the funeral at St. Mark Lutheran Church were stunned by the amount of support Bryant received.

"We can't believe the support from this community and the love that these people have given my brother. It's just unbelievable," said Pam McCartney, Bryant's sister.

Bryant, 50, suffered a massive heart attack on Feb. 28 after helping someone get back on the road.

"He died on the job. He's being buried in his uniform and his number one truck is here. Like I said, this is overwhelming," Eric Olsen said.

Friends and family said Bryant had a huge heart and he was there to help people whenever they needed him.

"Cars be broken down, pulled over, unknown reasons and he would just stop and be like 'Hey are you okay? Do you need a hand? What can I do to help?' That is just who he was. He didn't have to be told to do it. It's not like it was his job; this was his passion," said Brendan Kilkenny, a tow truck operator at Rich's Towing.

Bryant is survived by his fiancée and four sons.

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