I went to a firemans funeral the other day and it has taken me this long to kind of digest it a little. I was shocked by it a little really. First let me say it was NOT a line of duty death. There was a parade of rigs from the local department as well as some of the surrounding departments. He was not there for a "last ride". After the parade arrived everyone kind of milled around and visited. There were some light refreshments like you might expect to find at a farm auction. There was a slide show at the back of the firehouse with pictures of the deceased. My Chief, a couple guys from the neighboring department and myself were the only four in uniform. A couple people from another neighboring department showed up in the regular response clothes, which is still pretty nice clothes, not quite dress uniform but not far from it. There were a couple sherriffs deputies there in regular sheriff duty clothes. No one from his own department even dressed up. They showed up with department T-Shirts or sweatshirts and blue jeans. The Sheriff Chaplain read a poem, said a few words, said a prayer. A couple guys from his department read a couple poems. His mother and father said a few words. They raised the ladder truck. Everyone milled around for a while longer and slowly dispersed. Not at all what I expected. What does everyone else think about it? How would this sort of thing be handled at your department? Keep in mind this was not a line of duty death.