Families of Clay County public servants will have a little more peace of mind now that a local funeral home is offering free funerals to their loved ones in the event they die line of duty.
Rob Moore, director and manager of Moore funeral Home, 142 N. Washington St., knows that families of public servants carry an extra burden worrying about the danger fire, police, sheriff, ambulance and search and rescue staff routinely are subjected to at work.
"They are dedicated to protecting and caring for all of us," Moore, a former firefighter, said. "We feel this program is a way of acknowledging their service and sacrifice."
The program applies to any public servant who is a resident of Clay County and dies in the line of duty. They will receive a complete funeral service, including a casket, vault and full services. Not covered are: Grave opening and closing charges, sales tax, death certificates or flowers. Cremation is provided fee of charge in the same manner.
"We're not really excited talking about it, but this way they'll all know it's taken care of if it happens," said Moore. "Maybe it'll provide a little comfort for families knowing the program is available."
Besides his personal fire service, Moore also has a background in law enforcement and emergency medical services. After retiring five years ago, he became involved in the family's funeral business and has always wanted to do something of this nature for service public servants.
"I have strong feelings about those members of our community who step forward and protect us. We hope and pray that none of our public servants die while on duty, but that possibility always exists," Moore said.
He pointed out that, during his 20 years as a firefighter, a couple fellow firefighters suffered heart attacks at the scene of fires. Heart attacks are the most common cause of death for these service personnel. The second common cause of death is from vehicle accidents, such as when the engine or truck gets struck en route to the scene.
"Oftentimes it's as dangerous getting there and back as fighting the fire," Moore said.
Moore Funeral Home, one of the NFDA's Pursuit of Excellence funeral homes, is celebrating their 119th anniversary and their fourth generation of family ownership this month.