Fallen Firefighter Ceremony

To my right is a table set for one.

This table is set for the many members of our profession who are missing
from our midst today.

To the community, they are firefighters.

To us, they are brothers and sisters.

They are unable to be with us this evening.

Please allow me to share with you the symbolism of this table that has been
set for these fallen firefighters.

The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of their intentions to respond to
their department’s every call.

The floral arrangement also tells a story.

The red rose is for those who made the ultimate sacrifice – they gave their
life so that others could live.

The white rose is for those who witnessed and experienced tragedy and
destruction firsthand, and are still with us today.

A slice of lemon is on the plate to remind us of their bitter fate.

There is salt on the plate, symbolic of the tears shed by friends and family.

The glass is inverted – - they cannot toast with us.

The chair is empty – - they are not here, but let’s not forget them.

…The Pipe and Drum Band Will Play “Amazing Grace”

Firefighter’s Last Call – for Funeral
To be read over the radio by dispatch

Channel: ________

Dispatch pages fallen firefighter:

Firefighter (name) – Control

Firefighter (name) – Control

Having heard no response from Firefighter (name), we know that (name) has responded to his last call on earth and that the fire department in the hereafter has a new responder.

(name) served the citizens of (Fire Department(s), Lewis and Clark County for ________ years. We appreciate (name’s) dedication and his family’s sacrifices during the time (name) was a Firefighter.

(name) has now become a Guardian who will help watch out for all Firefighters as they respond to emergencies.

Firefighter (name) completed his tour as a Firefighter in this life

Be safe until we meet again.

Control clear at ___:___ hours.