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A Funeral

I got all dressed up in my Class A fire uniform and spent Friday evening at Albion's only funeral home. The 7 year old son of one of our firefighters took suddenly ill last week and passed away, possibly from an aneurism.

Logan had a heart transplant when he was only a few weeks old. He made it, and grew into a normal, inquisitive, mischievous young boy. Now he's laid out with his cowboy hat, gun belt and toy six-gun, his casket surrounded by stuffed animals and toy fire trucks. Oh, and crying firefighters.

Logan came up to the fire station whenever he could. He'd constantly ask his dad, and the other firefighters, if they fought a fire that day. He wanted to be a firefighter, but his dream was cut short.

Next time you see them, hug your kids. Hug them a lot.

Logan would have loved to hear us talk about this:

Fire Thursday night destroyed a Rome City restaurant and damaged two other buildings.

Stag’s Sport Lounge and Restaurant was demolished by a fire discovered just before 10 p.m. Flames had already broken through the roof of the two story wood frame structure when a Rome City Police officer arrived, just minutes after the first 911 call came in. The building was unoccupied at the time, and the last worker had reportedly left about an hour before.

The cause of the fire wasn’t certain, and remained under investigation by the Orange Township Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. A damage estimate for the building, which was reportedly one of the oldest in town and had survived similar fires nearby in the past, wasn’t available.

Within minutes of the initial dispatch, Orange Township firefighters called for a full response of trucks from the Johnson Township Fire Department in Wolcottville, then for the nearest aerial ladder truck, at the Kendallville Fire Department. It was the beginning of a series of calls that resulted in an estimated 100 firefighters, manning over 20 trucks, responding from 14 different fire departments.

A family had to be evacuated from an apartment in a neighboring building, but no injuries were reported during the incident.

Firefighters were hampered by downed power lines, and below freezing weather. Ice clogged some water hoses. The Town of Rome City doesn’t have its own water system, so water had to be shuttled by truck from nearby Sylvan Lake. Over a dozen fire department water tankers were called in from across the area; every fire department in Noble County, most of those from LaGrange County and the Helmer Fire Department from Steuben County supplied tankers and manpower to the scene.

Jim Abbs of the Orange Township Fire Department credited the Kendallville Fire Department’s platform ladder truck with helping to control the blaze. With the structure engulfed in flames and rapidly weakening, the elevated water stream from the ladder truck was one of the few ways to safely spray water into the building.

Firefighters had to work fast to keep from losing a block of buildings to the flames. Bayside Reality, just a few feet east, was threatened by radiant heat and wind blown brands and suffered extensive damage, with fire briefly spreading to its roof. Just as close, to the west, a building that once housed TLC Gymnastics and an apartment was damaged.

It took about three hours to control the fire, and a back hoe had to be brought in to demolish part of the severely weakened structure. Firefighters were called back twice Friday to knock down rekindles.

Part of SR 9, which runs just east of Stag’s, and Front Street had to be closed down during the incident. Officers of the Rome City Marshal’s Office, Noble County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police assisted with traffic control, while State Highway and Rome City Street Department trucks came out to sand down pavement made slippery by the constant shuttling of water tankers.

Also responding to the scene were workers for NIPSCO utilities and the Red Cross. Noble County Co Op sent a tanker to refuel fire trucks at the scene.

Fire units responded from the Albion, Avilla, Cromwell, Johnson Township, Kendallville, LaOtto, Ligonier, Noble Township, Orange Township, LaGrange, Milford, Stroh, Topeka, and Helmer fire departments. Members of the Garrett and Thorn Creek fire departments responded standby coverage during the six hours firefighters worked at the incident.


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Feb. 24th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. What dreadful news. Do take care of yourself. *hugs*
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
Can't imagine anything more dreadful. *hugs back*
Feb. 24th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Always so sad when a child dies - especially one that has come through such a traumatic start. *hugs*
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Yes, it's hard to imagine what he and his family have gone through over the years.
Feb. 24th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
what a brave little man. it's obvious that he touched a lot of hearts. prayers and condolences to his family and all who knew him.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
He certainly did touch a lot of hearts; it was literally standing room only at the funeral. Thanks for the prayers.
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry...
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
Thanks ...
Feb. 24th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, my dear. Frank and I both send our condolences. Logan sounds not only like his parents' treasure, but the pet of the entire fire department. (How happy that must have made him!) My heart goes out to all of you.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
He did love to come up to the fire station. Of course, what kid doesn't? But it's different when your dad is a firefighter.
Feb. 24th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind thoughts.
Feb. 24th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Sometimes life just majorly sucks.

It sounds like he had lots of people who loved him, so at least his life was good, even if short.

Small mercies. Sometimes they are all we have.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
small mercies, yeah. I think his life was good, but majorly sucks is all I can come up with at the moment.
Feb. 24th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
How sad for Logan's family - and for all the firefighters. I am sure his family will find the support of you all some comfort.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
I think they did appreciate the support. We had guys from the surrounding departments as well as us there, and that's a lot of blue uniforms.
Feb. 24th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
The death of a child is always unimaginably sad
My thoughts are with Logan's family and friends .

And I'll give my granddaughter an extra hard hug tommorrow
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
Yes, give the hugs, lots of hugs. The kids might not appreciate it -- until later, then they will.
Feb. 24th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
:( poor Logan's family... that's so rough. *hugs to all*
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
Thanks -- the hugs are appreciated.
Feb. 25th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
That is so sad and puts all our trivial worries truly into perspective.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Very true ...
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Feb. 25th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
He sure did touch a lot of lives; everyone he encountered, and some he didn't.
Feb. 25th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm 150% sure Logan will live on as the resident guardian angel for the fire department--wearing his ten-gallon hat and six-shooters.
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
I like that thought. Oh, and on an unrelated subject, I really like your icon, which was both appropriate to the subject and very Ozish.
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Feb. 25th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Bless his little heart! My own goes out to all of you.

Logan would have loved to hear us talk about this:

Aw, don't be so sure that he doesn't hear it. I imagine he's listening with big eyes and a cheer on his lips from that heavenly firehouse in the sky.

Feb. 26th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm very sure he does hear it!
Feb. 26th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
That's so heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. I honestly can not imagine anything worse than losing a child. :(
Feb. 26th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
losing a child
Agreed ... as the old saying goes, your children are supposed to bury you, not the other way around.
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