I stand behind dozens of firefighters in their dress blues; I wear an embroidered polo with my name and the Federal Heights Fire Department logo. His casket bears his name: Joseph Eugene Grein.
I am not a firefighter, but I knew the firefighter they are honoring this day. I didn’t know him well, mind you, just as a work acquaintance. But I know he would have helped me in an emergency, and for that, I will always be grateful.
I am honored that I am allowed to stand with his peers and say goodbye from the fringes of the brotherhood.