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Morning Lineup – October 19

Friday Morning – Respect …. Who Has It?

There is an interesting Facebook page titled Detroit Firehouse.  The anonymous administrator has been posting it for a couple of years now and is obviously a uniformed member or someone close to a Detroit firefighter.  He posts things that are of interest about the DFD and its personnel, etc.  It's timely and exposing, but not one of those hate-spewing pages that serve no good purpose.  Late last night he posted the following message:

This is by no means a political page, but it's worth informing the audience that the administration of the DFD did not send anyone to the funeral today. This was an active firefighter who passed away, and no one from downtown showed up. Maybe it's a small sign of their disdain for the men and women who actually do the job…

He is referring to Sgt. Dennis McGarry who was assigned to Ladder 21 and died at a tragically young age of 45 last week.  I don't know what the cause was, but it's not necessary to know that now.  But what is important is DF's comment, a small sign of their disdain…  And that is what it is…. disdain.  So typical of what is going on not only in the fire department, but the entire corrupt and incompetent city government.  What a shame.  Not just shameful, but disgraceful as well.

My own department tries to always have an "official presence" at the funerals of not only active members, but retirees as well whenever the funeral takes place within about 50 miles or so of the county.  This is usually two people in full Class A's in a department vehicle, and I believe that they still will provide a pumper for the funeral cortege if requested by the family.  It has been my observaton that the presence of these representatives is impressive and postive for not only the family, but the entire attendance at the funeral.  That is the definition of respect and appreciation for their own firefighters.

What is your department's policy on funeral presence?

Time to get the equipment checked out now, so let's get started while I head for the Bunn-O-Matic and run another pot through.  See you back in the digital day room in a little while.

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Comments - Add Yours

  • firefighter phil

    We are a volunteer department and just had a funeral detail yesterday for a non-line of duty death of an active member of neighboring department. Proud to say we had a pumper and nine guys at the viewing and a pump and 6 guys at the funeral.

  • PA Combination

    We have an announcement read over the radio and we meet at the closest station to attend funeral or viewing en mass. For a vehicle or official presence at the funeral a request must be made. No such request is needed for a LODD.

  • Allen John Cameron

    We’re a small all-volunteer department serving a suburban/rural fire protection district, and our resources are limited. The department can’t afford to outfit us with class A’s, and everybody is busy working hard to pay the bills at real jobs, studying, and training. Just the same, we believe in HONOR. We do have class B’s, and we do send an apparatus (even to a nieghboring county). Our department has been to way too many funerals in the last couple of years, and even hosted a funeral reception for a retiree from a neighboring department. These occasions are somber, but we make personal sacrifices to attend. RFB – DTRT

  • Alex Beaven

    We’re a small volunteer dept. We attend any funeral of a member or neighboring dept. regardless of the reason/ cause of loss. We attend dressed to show our respect for not only our brother or sister and to show the family they are also a part of the brotherhood of the fire service. We offer one of our vehicles to carry our member to their final resting place. Upon entrance to the graveyard they pass under two ladders (until recently both ladders provded by neighbors) with the appox 30×50 american flag. It’s something small that we can do to thank the family for allowing us to serve with their family member.
    The last funeral we attended was for our chief, who happened to work where my wife does. She told her fellow co-workers that a fire dept funeral is something to behold to see the respect shared among the fire service, She told them you’ll see fire dept. members from other dept who never met the decreased, attend and yet call each other brother or sister of the local dept.
    WE also provide coverage for neighboring depts during funerals so that all their members may attend, as has been done for us. Respect