Thanks to The Secret List for passing along arrangements for the two firefighters who died on Thursday.
Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr, Worcester Fire Department
The funeral for Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 24 Mulberry St.
As you know, Firefighter Davies, a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department, died in the Line of Duty yesterday after he and his partner went back into the burning building at 49 Arlington St. to search for another person believed trapped inside.
The building collapsed, killing Firefighter Davies and injuring his partner.
Calling hours at Mercandante Funeral Home, 370 Plantation St. is 3 to 8 pm Wednesday.
Firefighter Kevin Townes, Mount Vernon Fire Department
Funeral arrangements have been set for Firefighter Kevin Townes, the City of Mount Vernon firefighter from Pleasant Valley who died of an apparent heart attack while responding to a blaze Thursday morning.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Camelot Funeral Home, 174 Stevens Ave., Mount Vernon.
The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church, 52 S. Sixth Ave., Mount Vernon.
L-R: MSgt Adam Montoya, SrA Steven Boyd, A1C Joshua Hartman, A1C William Hill, SrA Jared Robinson, and TSgt Nathan Elkins.
Looking at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Facebook page it appears the image above is the most popular photo from the 2011 Memorial Weekend. Obviously it wasn't taken in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This is a photo of Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters coming to Northern Afghanistan. It was sent by
Below are two more videos from Memorial Weekend. The top one is the closing video put together by the wonderful people at CrossCreek TV Productions who I have had the pleasure of working with for three Memorial Weekends. Below that is some video of Sunday's service from photographer Greg Guise.
If you didn’t get to join us either in person or on the Internet a week ago for the Memorial Service at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial you may not have seen the video above. It is the closing montage looking back at the weekend that the CrossCreek TV folks put together on the fly from inside their production truck. It was played at the end of the service last Sunday morning.
For the second year, the McRee family from Alabama and their entire crew did a masterful job of letting the world see and honor those we have lost. The combination of Spruce, Patrick and Chris’ experience in the fire service (daddy Spruce got his start, like Dave, at Oxon Hill VFD) and their TV production skills from years broadcasting sporting events for the networks resulted in a telecast that the CrossCreek crew should be proud of. Much of the crew put in their bids immediately after last year’s event to return to Emmitsburg.
In addition, on-campus technical support, editing and the TV studio came, once again, from more broadcast professionals at the United States Fire Administration’s PREPnet. USFA has a group of people headed by Jeff Elliott who really know television and how to use it to communicate.
There are more videos that were part of the telecasts. Just click here to see them.
Brierfield (AL) FRD Chief Spruce McRee, who directed the telecasts from Emmitsburg, seen back in the day as a member of Oxon Hill VFD’s Company 42 (Prince George’s County, MD). Spruce is in the back row, far right, wearing a yellow coat. We figured Spruce left Oxon Hill about a month before I joined in 1974.
If you experience technical difficulties, please try one of these alternate viewing links:
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Bill Green photo the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.