Peabody says goodbye to a hero 700 attend funeral of Peabody firefighter killed in blaze ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Thousands of mourners came to Peabody today for the funeral of fallen firefighter James M. Rice. After the funeral service, his casket was driven to the cemetery atop Engine 5. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff From left, Alex White, 8, and his friend, Paige Biscaia, 6, both from Salem, were allowed to stand in front of firefighters as they saluted. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Pallbearers carried Rice's casket at the end of the funeral service. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff During the funeral service, a Massachusetts State Trooper kept a funeral program with Rice's photo inside his hat. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Rice's best friend and Peabody Fire captain Jay Dowling hugged Rice's wife, Amy, inside St. John Baptist Church after he delivered his eulogy. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Speaking at the Greek Orthodox funeral service, Metropolitan Methodios described the 42-year-old Rice as a man with "character, courage and inner strength." David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Dowling carried Rice's helmet. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Firefighters saluted outside the church. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff James Rice’s casket was carried into the church by his colleagues from Engine 5. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff On the way to the church, Rice's casket was carried through Peabody atop a ladder truck. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff They moved past hundreds of firefighters, police officers, and numerous political figures. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Rice's family walked behind the casket. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Rice was killed last week while fighting an apartment building fire. He leaves his wife, Amy, and their three children. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Peabody firefighters filed into the church today. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff The procession this morning was led by fire department honor guards, Peabody Police, and a contingent of drum and bagpipe corps. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Peabody firefighter Dennis Kolodziej saluted a ladder truck carrying flowers as it passed through Peabody Square. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff From left, Madison Conrad, Tyler Conrad, and Lisa Roberts, all of Peabody, held a sign for fallen firefighter James M. Rice yesterday. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff A firefighter consoled a woman outside of the wake at Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home in Peabody yesterday.