An award-winning artist, as well as a Super Bowl champion, honored a firefighter from the region who was killed in the line of duty.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app

In March, Spring Valley firefighter Jared Lloyd was one of the first responders on the scene at the massive fire early morning fire at Evergreen Court For Adults in Spring Valley.

Lloyd was killed while searching for others, determined to rescue anyone who was trapped. Lloyd was the father of two boys and a 15-year member of the Columbian Engine Company.

"We lost a real American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to and protection of his community," Rockland County Executive Ed Day state. "He searched as the building burned; determined to rescue anyone who may have been trapped. His loss is devastating and it will not ever be forgotten."

For all the news that the Hudson Valley is sharing make sure to follow Hudson Valley Post on Facebook, download the Hudson Valley Post Mobile App and sign up for the Hudson Valley Post Newsletter.

This week, Country music star Darius Rucker, Lloyd's favorite singer, surprised Lloyd's firefighter friends and his family.

Rucker talked with the Columbian Fire Company #1 on ZOOM and listened to stories about Lloyd for about 30 minutes, Audacy reports. Rucker also spoke with Lloyd's two young boys, one who is named Darius after Rucker.

At the end of the zoom, Lloyd's children and the entire fire department sang Rucker's hit song, "Wagon Wheel." You can see the emotional video below.

Lloyd was also a huge Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Recently Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski reached out to Lloyd's family, coworkers and community. Gronk's touching video is below.

"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and well wishes in the past week and a half. We’d like to thank Rob Gronkowski and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who after hearing that Jared was a huge Buccaneers fan reached out with this video," the Columbian Fire Company #1 wrote on Facebook while sharing the video.

A GoFundMe set up for Lloyd's family has raised over $640,400. CLICK HERE to donate.

Keep Reading:

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

How Many in America: From Guns to Ghost Towns

Can you take a guess as to how many public schools are in the U.S.? Do you have any clue as to how many billionaires might be residing there? Read on to find out—and learn a thing or two about each of these selection’s cultural significance and legacy along the way.

LOOK: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America's national parks

Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.