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A Memorable Send-off

January 8, 2012

This past week Stafford County lost one of their Fire Chiefs in an industrial accident. Chief Getty served twenty-three years and was a hero deserving of a memorable send-off. Today he got just that.

The crowd quickly used up the seating and then quickly lined the back and side walls. I don’t believe anyone got an official count, but five hundred would be a good guess.

The Great Bend Fire Department sent a four-person Honor Guard and they were incredible – sharp dressed and a beautiful routine that ended with the reading of the Fireman’s Prayer.

The Macksville Fire Department loaned their beautiful antique fire truck to transport Chief Getty from the service to the cemetery.

The St. John firefighters lined the pathway to the fire truck. They did the same from the fire truck to grave site – standing at attention.

The Honor Guard saluted Chief Getty and the family at the grave site. One of the Honor Guard members presented a folded flag to Stafford County Fire Chief Marshal Sanders. Chief Sanders presented the flag to Chief Getty’s wife Diane.

The Honor Guard then turned and dropped their salute. Dispatcher Cassie Blakeslee then sounded the last alarm. Cassie did a great job with a script that brought tears to everyone, including herself.

Chief Getty was a wonderful man that deserved a memorable send-off. He got just that.

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