By Madeline Anderson, Fox6Now:
Members of Milwaukee Fire Department Engine Company No. 12 began their final farewell to fellow firefighter Darrin Jones on Friday, Feb. 7. They escorted his casket on the truck Jones had been assigned to for a public visitation.
“It leaves a very big hole in the department, and especially his crew, who worked with him every third day,” said Brent Jones, commander of the Professional Firefighters Association honor guard.
The visitation, filled with dozens of emergency responders from departments across the state and midwest, came to show their support.
“It’s very important to let the Milwaukee Fire Department know that we support them in their loss, and to help celebrate the life of Darrin and to let the family know that he will never be forgotten,” Paul Enhelder, a retired Chicago Fire Department lieutenant, said.
The nearly 29-year veteran of the Milwaukee Fire Department died in his sleep this past weekend, just three months before he planned to retire. Jones’ passing is being considered a line-of-duty death — the cause likely stemming from health issues he developed on the job.
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