Parade of Big Trucks Honors Toddler in Arizona

More than 100 trucks drove in a funeral procession in memory of Elijah Steffen.

— -- It was a sight to see in Arizona road as a stream of big trucks took part in a funeral procession to pay tribute to a 3-year-old boy who recently died.

ABC station KNXV-TV in Phoenix reports that more than 100 trucks —- including fire engines, vintage military vehicles and semis -– went through the city of Mesa Friday afternoon.

It was all for Elijah Steffen, who died on August 21 from a rare disease. He was a fan of big trucks but never had the chance to attend a monster truck rally in Las Vegas.

The whole thing began with a Facebook post by a family friend. Ironically, the initial request was for just one truck to show up at Elijah’s funeral. Instead, many trucks participated.

"That's what a community does," said Sam Koster, who brought her truck. "They all come together. And that's what this family needs."

Scott Campagna also attended with his truck. "I couldn’t imagine losing my child," he said. "If we could make this family smile by being here, then it's all worth it."

The hour-long procession concluded at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.