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Among the most poignant displays of the bonds of loyalty among those in the fire service are firefighter funerals.
About this creation
Firefighter funerals are not only for line of duty deaths. They also include funerals for active duty members who die from illness or accidents outside the scope of their firefighting duties.
The death of a firefighter is a loss to the fire service and the community. As with all funerals, firefighter funerals are not for the benefit of the dead but rather are for the living. They allow individuals and the community to grieve and express our sense of loss and sorrow. Hence, firefighters have large funerals that are attended by civilians as well as firefighters.

Protocols for firefighter funerals vary with from department to department. They also will vary based on the firefighter's religious preferences and, of course, the preferences of the firefighter's family.

For a firefighter's funeral, firefighters from many departments will come together to pay their last respects to their departed or fallen brother or sister. Many times firefighters and apparatus from neighboring departments will cover stations for a department so all of its members can attend the funeral for its lost member. This is very common with smaller departments. However, this is even done with major cities.



Many firefighter funerals feature bagpipes being played. This tradition goes back to when the Irish and Scottish immigrated to American. As the Irish came to prominence in the fire service bagpipes became more common place at firefighter funerals.



Other traditions include carrying the casket on the hose bed of a fire engine as a caisson instead of using a hearse. The fire engine caisson often will be adorned with bunting and flowers.

Some departments use an engine from the station where the fallen firefighter worked. Other departments use an antique engine or a specially designated piece of modern apparatus for the caisson.

Often other apparatus will be part of the funeral procession.

The tradition of a pair of raised aerial ladders or towers ladder flying the American flag is called the "crossed ladders" although the ladders are not actually crossed. Crossed ladders usually are reserved for line of duty deaths and the non-line of duty death of a chief officer. Crossed ladders also are common at the funerals of firefighters who lose their lives in active military service.

Many times the funeral procession will pass the station where the deceased firefighter worked or was a member. Firefighters from that department, or often times members of other departments, will stand outside the station in their turnout gear and salute the procession. The departed firefighter's helmet and turnout gear may be placed on a chair in front of the saluting firefighters for his or her last alarm.

In 2010, there were 85 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States. Of these two thirds were volunteer firefighters.



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  January 2, 2014
I will never forget my Friends. Very well done tribute :)
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  May 29, 2013
never forget our fallen ff's
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  October 10, 2012
Very touching moment! I had had to go one. I saw firefighters riding back-step on the department's old E-One.
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  August 27, 2012
A great way to pay tribute! God Bless America! United We Stand!
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  May 8, 2012
That is a lot of Minifigs!!! Very well done!
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  February 6, 2012
A very heart touching moment for me when i see this awesome, lovely built tribute. Absolutely great work. I'm speechless. I don't know why I missed it previously.
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  December 8, 2011
Congratulations! This creation has been nominated for the BEST OF 2011 Emergency Bricks Award in the category of "Best Accident, Fire, Or Other Scene." You can nominate others or comment on this at the Emergency Bricks forums. Voting will being on December 21st and continue through December 31st. Registration is required to vote. Congrats and thank you! http://www.emergencybricks.com/community/
Lego Fire Museum Inc.
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White Knight
  November 7, 2011
Very properly done !>>...excellent lego job you have made of it !>....well done....
Lego Fire Museum Inc.
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Jordan Gennusa
  October 30, 2011
This really cheered me up, my father was a firefighter until he passed away.
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  October 30, 2011
Quoting Jordan Gennusa This really cheered me up, my father was a firefighter until he passed away.
I am really glad that you like this.
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  October 25, 2011
Quoting Middlebrick Fire Awesome display of the loyalty and bond amongst firemen and all public safety workers for that matter. Will you be investing in some bagpipe players that are coming out in the series 6 or 7 minifigs?
Thanks for your compliment. I did not know that there were bagpipers coming out as minifigs. I won't be buying any. Hopefully, we have no more funerals for a long time and more importantly, I cannot stand bagpipes. They are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. If I die in the line of duty my Wife has instructions that there are to be no bagpipes at my funeral.
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  October 25, 2011
Awesome display of the loyalty and bond amongst firemen and all public safety workers for that matter. Will you be investing in some bagpipe players that are coming out in the series 6 or 7 minifigs?
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  July 11, 2011
A touching tribute to fire fighters everywhere, I love the way you expressed every point of it, it helped me to understand how its done in America.
  July 10, 2011
Great scene, so many 80's firefighters figs, brings back memories!
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  July 8, 2011
Quoting Paul McKeever III very nice job and where do you get the tan bodies i have been trying to get decals.
Bricklink. Part number 973psac01 - Tan Torso SW Rebel Mechanic Pattern / Tan Arms / Yellow Hands. These were used for the tan guys in the deep ranks of firefighters. For the firefighters standing outside the station I hand painted their legs and torsos with Tan Testors model paint. I then used Neon Yellow Testors paint for the reflective stripes. For some I also used a metallic silver paint pen to make additional stripes above and below the neon orange.
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  July 8, 2011
Quoting Lee Crowder I'm greatly sorry about your loss, LFM. This is certainly a great MOC and is very informative to those that are not aware of Firefighter Funerals. Also, is that yellow Truck in the station by any chance a ALF Patriot? -Lee
Thanks. FYI it is an ALF Eagle. You'll see more of that truck soon.
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  July 8, 2011
An excellent tribute. Thank you.
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  July 8, 2011
I'm greatly sorry about your loss, LFM. This is certainly a great MOC and is very informative to those that are not aware of Firefighter Funerals. Also, is that yellow Truck in the station by any chance a ALF Patriot? -Lee
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  July 8, 2011
So sorry for your loss LFM. This is one great creation.
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  July 8, 2011
This is a fitting tribute and I hope it receives the attention it deserves in the wider community. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. This is truly beautiful. Regards, Eric.
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  July 8, 2011
This is a fitting tribute and I hope it receives the attention it deserves in the wider community. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. This is truly beautiful. Regards, Eric.
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  July 8, 2011
*****This is not a 5 star creation it's a 10 STAR one! May God bless you for such an awesome tribute to firefighters world wide who fight an enemy no bullet can kill! This reminded me of when our friend lost her son a Lt. in the NYC Firefighters durin 9-11! since the church was near the cemetary the short walk was so sad - yet - very inspiring! As your tribute is!
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  July 8, 2011
My condolences. The MOC is a wonderful tribute, and very well written, explaining every detail. Also amazing display of fire-fighter-figs. Well done!
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  July 8, 2011
A very moving MOC, it really captures the real event well. Though I haven't ever been to one I can tell what it must be like by this creation. I salute thee, my fallen heroes. You have made me cry on this one, *sniff* good job.
  July 8, 2011
LFM, This MOC is beyond words, each piece expressing its own emotion. Best Wishes
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  July 8, 2011
LFM, I know the feeling of losing a father. My dad passed away 10 years ago and it is still hard to this day. He was the LT for the volunteer fire company we ran for. It is very hard to deal with something like that. He had the whole firefighter funeral, crossed ladders, and we even had the Medical Helicopter do a flyover the cemetary. You did a fantastic job on this MOC. Keep up the great work you do. Again sorry to hear about your loss.
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  July 8, 2011
Hey LFM, I am sorry for the loss of your father. And its a great MOC, so great even it brought a tear to my eye, it reminds me of my own fathers funeral. He died from a decease, but he was a active Battalion Chief in the Department I serve today. And we had the same kind of funeral for him, only with Belgian apparatus. It is safe to say its a very emotional MOC. Again, great job. -MM
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  July 8, 2011
Sorry to hear about your loss, but this still is a nice MOC! All the minifigs and stuff!
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  July 8, 2011
I am very sorry to hear about your loss, I was very young when my grandfather passed away, this MOC shows you talent and passion for the hobby. Very well built LFM. -Paulo R.
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  July 8, 2011
when i did my funeral we had spoke about you doing one because of the loss of your father. this is amazing! awesome job! i love the bunting where did you get them? if you want to you can email me jacobsenmp@yahoo.com
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  July 8, 2011
very nice job and where do you get the tan bodies i have been trying to get decals.
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  July 8, 2011
You did a great job on this. One of the most in-depth and detailed creations on here. This is a great way to cope with the loss. When my Grandpa passed, he was like another father to me, and really helped we with this hobby. When he was buried, he went with a firefighter minifig and a grandfather clock O made. Doing things like this is always a great remembrance.
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  July 8, 2011
Rest in Peace. Sorry to hear about your loss. It heartens me to hear that making this helped you through it. As for the scene, it is moving. You put a lot of time and effort into not only doing everything you could in the scene, but by taking the time to lay out the history of the traditions as well. Your attention to detail is amazing in this as well as your other creations and it shows. Thanks for sharing and best wishes
 
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