WOOSTER, Ohio (WJW) – Funeral services were held for the Town and Country Fire District firefighter who was killed in a Wayne County crash earlier this week.

Lt. Philip Wigal, 35, was responding to a minor crash near state Route 301 in Wayne County when a commercial vehicle hit a fire truck and trooper’s cruisers, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Wigal and a trooper were also struck. Wigal died at the scene.

The services were held Friday morning at the Church of the Nazarene on Oak Hill Road in Wooster.

His parents Mike and Kathy (Whipkey) Wigal stood in front of those who gathered in the church and spoke of Philip’s humility and love for his service to the community.

“If Philip were here he’d say, ‘I was just doing my job,'” Mike said.

Kathy remembers his childhood days calling him a “cuddle bug,” and “a funny kid.” She said when he’d go outside “dirt would jump on him.” He wanted to be a firefighter since he was four years old.

“He had the most contagious smile,” she said. “His life verse that I prayed over him all the time was Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.'”

She said he loved (his daughters) so much and remembers the “turtle kisses” he gave them.

“He told me, ‘I liked it when they were really little, then I could just hold them,'” she said.

She said she is comforted knowing that he “fell in love with Jesus” just a few short years ago and made a commitment to change his life and follow Christ.

Wigal is survived by his wife, Lindsey, and daughters, Gracelynn and Gwendelynn.

He will be buried at West Salem Cemetery on Depot Street.

The family is also encouraging those who have memories with Wigal to share them on the funeral home’s website.