The Richmond Register

Local News

January 16, 2014

Local departments honor fellow firefighter

MADISON COUNTY — A Red Lick Volunteer Fire Department truck carried the body of volunteer firefighter Donald Marshall, 59, on Wednesday, leading his funeral procession to the Madison County Memorial Gardens.

Despite the crisp winter air, Marshall’s “brothers” sat around his casket on top of the truck, as is customary when any firefighter dies, said Madison County Fire Chief Jim Cox.

The truck’s lights were covered in black fabric and a black band was placed across badges on every firefighter’s uniform to signify the death of a firefighter, Cox said.

The honor guard, made up of firefighters from local departments, folded the American flag that had been draped over Marshall’s coffin. Afterward, as is customary, a “last call” was put in to 911, and a message was dispatched on the Madison County fire department channel and volunteer channel honoring Marshall and his 13 years of service.

“We do this so that every department will hear and everybody that is listening on their scanners will know about this firefighter and his dedication. He deserves that recognition,” Cox said.

Firefighters from every local department usually attend funerals of other firefighters, whether they are volunteer or full-time, he said.

“It’s a brotherhood. I could go to a firehouse in Wisconsin, and more than likely, they’d put me up for the night,” Cox said. “You’re a firefighter, and that’s what matters.”

Marshall passed away Friday at the VA Medical Center in Lexington. He served as a safety officer, chaplain and past president of the Red Lick Fire Department.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results