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Hundreds say good-bye to faithful fireman

Monday, September 11, 2006

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Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay County Coroner's Office and the Brazil City Fire Department stand at attention at the Staunton 4-way stop as more than 50 emergency rescue vehicles in Miller's funeral procession pass by. The procession was more than 2 miles long.



Over 50 emergency response vehicles made up the funeral procession -- more than 2 miles long -- that led the way for Posey Volunteer Fire Department's fire engine that carried Assistant Fire Chief Errett Miller's casket to Clearview Cemetery Friday.

Miller was remembered as a simple man, unafraid to share an opinion, a hard-working man, who used humor to teach, a family man who was never afraid to say, "I love you," (even in public) and a dedicated firefighter at a funeral ceremony at the Brazil National Guard Armory.

Miller was buried with all the honor befitting a small town hero who died in the line of duty.

Two-thirds of the more than 100 firefighters from around the state in attendance at the funeral never met Miller during his lifetime, some couldn't pronounce his name correctly, but that didn't matter.

"A firefighter is dedicated to helping others, it's in their blood," Miller said in an interview about recruiting new firefighters with The Brazil Times a few months ago. "We're a family. We stick together because each one of us knows that when that alarm goes off, it could be our last call -- we might not come home. That can be scary to think about, if you let yourself, but we love this job. Helping others -- it's why we go."

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