INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Todd Trent, a Lafayette fire inspector and the uncle of Tyler Trent, called his nephew's platform "amazing" and "beautifully" done during his eulogy Tuesday night in front of thousands at Tyler's funeral.
Todd is the brother of Tyler's dad, Tony. In addition to being an inspector with LFD, Todd Trent is also the fire chief in Flora. He was named chief of the volunteer department in Jan. 2018 after serving as the interim.
"Tyler used his suffering, and turned it into something amazing," said Todd in front of thousands at College Park Church. "You see, God had a plan for his life. God gave him the opportunity to be 'Tyler Strong'."
Todd spoke on behalf of the Trent side of the family, as they stood on stage with him Tuesday.
"Tyler was special because God gave him the pursuit of a platform to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ," said Todd Trent. "And Tyler did it beautifully."
Todd and Tyler's two brothers Ethan and Blake spoke with News 18 outside the service. The three's words about Tyler's legacy mirrored what others said in the service — Tyler's platform was much more than just a cancer fighter who loved sports.
"We're lucky if we can bring one to Jesus, Todd told News 18. "He has brought millions of people, and that's an inspiration to me. It was always a joy to just listen to what he had to say, because it all made sense. It clicked.
"We, like Tyler, have a choice to live our lives to the fullest, to make the most of each day. To rejoice always, to pray continuously and thank God in all circumstances, no matter what," said Todd.
People were captivated by Tyler, and wanted to hear his story. Todd said to learn from that, and pass it along.
"Tyler mentioned once, 'Everyone has a story. You just need to have somebody listen to it.' How often to we take time to listen to others' stories? Just look at Tyler's life. Was it a good life? Absolutely. What Tyler experienced in the last three months of his life, people won't experience in a lifetime."
"Each time the diagnosis brought him a little bit closer to Jesus," said Trent. "Each time, Tyler surrendered his heart more and more to God's will and plan for his life. We will miss you dearly. But know, you are in the arms of Jesus. No more suffering. No more tears. No more cancer."