Video above from Mike Villanova.
Listen to January 24th interview with Kyle and Gene McGetrick from Fireground Strategies & Other Stuff From the Street
At St. Mary’s Parish in Barnegat, New Jersey, family, friends and strangers said goodbye to 12-year-old Kyle McGetrick who died last week after a seven year battle with leukemia. Firefighters from Ocean County, New Jersey and beyond escorted Kyle’s coffin to the church aboard a pumper from Barnegat Fire Company #1.
Many of the same firefighters and fire trucks gathered in December for an impromptu parade in front of Kyle’s home after word got out the end was likely near for the boy who wanted to be a firefighter like his dad Gene.
After the December parade was reported on FireTruckBlog.com, firefighters from around the world sent hundreds of messages and patches to Kyle. Kyle held on for five more months.
Father Ken Tuzeney of St. Mary’s Church, who performed a traditional Catholic service, said that those who have gathered to see Kyle off today, came together in grief to say “thank you” to Kyle, for the difference he had made in their lives touched by his courage.
“We cannot change the wind, but we can change our sails,” Tuzeney said. “Kyle did.”
Kyle’s sister Mariah, 17, shared funny memories of her brother. She spoke about the candles around the room reminding her of Kyle’s warmth.
“You will always be the man of honor on my wedding day,” she said.
Also on STATter911 …
- Must see from FireTruckBlog.com: Impromptu parade to say goodbye to firefighter’s son. One last item on your Christmas list – send a patch to Kyle McGetrick. – December 24, 2011
- Courage for Kyle. Get your bracelet. Here’s an update from Barnegat, New Jersey. – January 29, 2012
- Kyle McGetrick, the boy from Barnegat, New Jersey who touched so many, has died. A message from his father. – May 2, 2012
- Kyle McGetrick to be interviewed on fire service radio show. Barnegat, NJ boy to talk about the patches firefighters sent him from around the world. – January 23, 2012
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