'One of a kind': Hundreds gather to mourn victim of Marco Polo blaze

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds gathered in Central Union Church on Friday to mourn Britt Reller, one of three people killed in the massive Marco Polo condo blaze.

Britt was honored with hula, songs, and scripture as friends and family draped lei over his urn. Many attendees were the 54-year-old's colleagues from Hawaiian Airlines where he worked as an in-flight manager.

"He was the most incredible advocate for his flight attendants. Whether it was meeting you at the gate after a challenging flight, picking up the phone to make sure you were treated fairly, or sending that text just to tell you he cared, he did it all with uncommon dignity, passion, and respect," said Robin Sparling, vice president of In-Flight Services at Hawaiian Airlines.

"Britt made everyone feel loved and as if they were one of a kind," she added.

Britt's older brother, Phil, told a story about their childhood and how they would go to the pool together often.

"He'd stand there and I'd reach out my hands -- 'Come on Britt! Come on. Jump in! I'll catch you, trust me.' -- And I did and I'd move back a little bit and he'd jump a little bit further," said Phil Reller.

On the day of the Marco Polo fire, Phil says that memory came back to him as he looked up from the ground floor and watched flames engulf his Britt's apartment.

"There was a pool there. I just reached up my hands and i said, 'Come on Britt. Come on. I'll catch you.' But he went up. And mother was right next to him," Phil said.

Britt died in his 26th-floor unit in the July 14 blaze along with his mother, 87-year-old Melba Dilley, and their dog.

The third victim was 71-year-old Joann Kuwata, who also lived on the 26th floor.

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