PHOENIX - Family and friends of 33-year-old Christian Silaghi tearfully remembered the man they said always put family first and had a smile on his face.
"I got to have such a little time to spend with him here on Earth," said Alina Silaghi, who was married to Christian. "Just 11 years. That’s like one second for me."
Silaghi was killed Monday after the Phoenix Fire Department said he was attempting to help William Tryon and Juan Pablo Garcia when they went into a 20-foot underground grain silo and didn't come out. The men were trying to drain the silo of recent monsoon rain when they never resurfaced.
Fire officials said there was very little oxygen down in the storage unit.
All three men were pulled from the silo, but Tryon and Silaghi succumbed to their injuries. Garcia is currently still in critical condition.
"He was the best dad I’ve ever had," said 7-year-old Christine Silaghi,the older of Christian's two daughters. "I want him to still be here on Earth."
In 1998, Christian's family immigrated from Romania to the United States. Along with his older brother, Benjamin, Christian learned English and got a job. He was employed as a truck driver and was the sole provider for his family.
While on the road during his long trips, he would talk to his brother, who is also a driver, on the phone.
"And he always had a smile on his face when he was talking about his girls and his wife," Benjamin said.
A family friend created a GoFundMe account to raise money for the funeral and also help support his family.
Funeral arrangements are planned for Aug. 26.