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    Just lost one of our longtime Captains at my combination department today to cancer. He was moved to a hospice facility less than 2 weeks ago, so we knew this was coming.

    Captain Merritt had 20 plus years in the fire service as a volunteer with about 10 at the rank of Captain. He also worked full-time for several years in the EMS field.

    His son was hired as a Shreveport firefighter a little more than a year ago. He is still a volunteer with my department.

    His wife was moved into the same hospice facility a week ago for cancer as well, and likely will also pass in the very near future.

    Please keep his family in your prayers
    Last edited by LaFireEducator; 01-23-2011, 09:08 PM.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.

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    Condolences to the families and all.
    IAFF

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    • #3
      That sucks, sorry to hear that. condolences to the family and friends.
      Proud East Coast Traditionalist.

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      • #4
        Condolences to family and friends.
        So you call this your free country
        Tell me why it costs so much to live
        -3dd

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        • #5
          Thoughts go out to your department was well as Captain Merritt's family.
          Career Fire Captain
          Volunteer Chief Officer


          Never taking for granted that I'm privileged enough to have the greatest job in the world!

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          • #6
            We Know the Feeling......

            One of our guys here is under Hospice Care.......... May Captain Merritt rest in Peace. And may his Family, at home and in the Fire Service, also rest easier, knowing that his pain is lifted. God Bless them.
            Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
            In memory of
            Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
            Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

            IACOJ Budget Analyst

            I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

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            • #7
              Thank you.
              Train to fight the fires you fight.

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              • #8
                My condolences to the family of Captain Merritt and his family. Especially with the double tragedy of both husband and wife suffering from cancer. I will keep them in my thoughts and close to my heart.
                Last edited by FyredUp; 01-23-2011, 11:22 PM.
                Crazy, but that's how it goes
                Millions of people living as foes
                Maybe it's not too late
                To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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                • #9
                  Sorry to hear that Brother. Please give my condolences to Capt. Merritt and his family.
                  Stay Safe
                  Bull


                  “Guys if you get hurt, we’ll help you. If you get sick we’ll treat you. If you want to bitch and moan, then all I can tell you is to flick the sand out of your slit, suck it up or get the hell out!”
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                  Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
                  -WINSTON CHURCHILL

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                  • #10
                    Condolences to all.



                    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

                    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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                    • #11
                      My condolences as well.

                      I'm always glad to hear that hospice has become involved with those who are nearing the end. Nobody wants anyone to go, but they seem to have a way to make it easier to deal with.
                      Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

                      Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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                      • #12
                        My condolences to the family of the CAptain and to you and your department. I'm sure he will be missed very much.

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                        • #13
                          Condolences to the Merritt family and Bossier Parish District 1...
                          ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                          Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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                          • #14
                            My condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.

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                            • #15
                              Sorry for your loss, LA. Condolences to the family, friends, and Department.

                              FM1
                              I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

                              Originally posted by EastKyFF
                              "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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