Forest Park Fire engine in black bunting for Firefighter/EMT John Gaddy in Griffin, GA, Sept. 7, 2021. Gaddy died of COVID-19.

by Robin Kemp

Forest Park Firefighter/EMT and longtime trainer John Gaddy was memorialized with a traditional firefighter’s procession September 7. Gaddy died of COVID-19 on September 2. Firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement vehicles took part in the procession from Georgia State patrol Post 1 in Griffin to Rock Springs Church in Milner. Morrow Fire Department and Forest Park Police were among the agencies present.

A lone man stood on the shoulder of a two-lane country road, baseball cap over his heart in a sign of respect as the procession passed.

Back in Forest Park, other fire departments, including Covington and Dekalb County, covered for Forest Park Fire and Emergency Services so that FPFES could take part in the services.

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