When one of their brothers or sisters is lost in a fire, they come from near and far, a sea of blue, to honor the one lost. The walker, likely long retired, likely took his uniform out of the dry cleaning bag in order to stand in honor for his fellow firefighter.
I heard talk of the funeral on the radio this morning as I headed to work. The Cardinal would be doing his funeral mass at St Patricks. A sea of firefighters would be lining the streets. Surely, he was one of them. I said a prayer for the lost colleague, his family and for all those who serve.