Saturday, December 02, 2006

"Farewell to a Fallen Brother"

When a volunteeer firefighter dies in the line of duty, it brings us all up short. We depend on these men and women, who are also teachers, road workers, clerks... in short, regular people who have chosen to do something truly extraordinary: risk their lives for the rest of us, for total strangers.

Hector "Sandy" McClune, originally from Scotland, and for many years of Millerton, NY was such an ordinary hero. His funeral, held yesterday, was attended by the fire companies and police of what seemed like every town for 50 miles around, as well as many of his neighbors who were reminded to be grateful for the gift he gave them for 46 years. More photos here.


Blogger Jing said...

best wishes to his family and his folks.

have a nice weekend.


9:15 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

un metier tres dur. un jour bien triste.

a very hard trade. one day quite sad.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

It is uplifting to know that the community would rally around someone who spent his life serving it.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Max said...

sad story, but nicely told Jenn.Very "respectful".


12:07 PM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

A moving photo and a wonderful tribute....

4:15 PM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

As I've said earlier this year, they are the best people one can know, a fraternity like no other. So sad to lose one, after such a long career but he would have known all along the risks & faced them with total dedication. It makes you think. And the respect & appreciation is shown by the town's turn-out.

7:20 PM  

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