By Jose Perez, Delaware News Journal
Laura Madara’s father stood up and saluted his daughter’s coffin with a shaking hand as a sole bugle performed “Taps” Sunday at the woman’s gravesite.
Madara, a Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company member and president of the Ladies Auxiliary, was killed on April 9 after a Selbyville Fire Police truck reversed into her on the scene of a separate vehicle crash. Madara’s funeral services resulted in an outpouring of support from numerous different fire companies and departments.
About 100 law enforcement officials, family and friends were in attendance for Madara’s funeral service. Fire engines from across the state flanked the path of the procession as residents stood on their front lawns to pay their respects.
The procession was initiated with a thundering siren that rung across the town from the Selbyville Fire Company, Station 88. The sound of bagpipes and drums filled the air as Madara’s funeral procession passed in front of an empty chair with a Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company gear jacket draped over it.
Pastor David Hudson and Matt Sliwa, president of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company, both gave remarks during the service. Sliwa described the service as more of a celebration of Madara’s life, rather than a mourning of her death.
“Obviously, you mourn the loss of a friend and a colleague but the celebration that we were able to put on for Laura and her family was just incredible,” Sliwa said.
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