Sunday, October 5, 2003

Fire truck takes fallen fighter to funeral

The Associated Press

NEW BREMEN, Ohio - A fire engine draped in black bunting carried the casket of a fallen firefighter to his funeral Saturday morning.

Kenneth Jutte, 44, was killed along with another firefighter on Wednesday when smoldering wood shavings exploded in a silo, blowing the top off the concrete structure and throwing them to the ground.

Nine others were injured in the blast at the Hoge Lumber Co. in nearby New Knoxville.

Fire trucks, ambulances and other rescue vehicles from dozens of fire departments across the state crept slowly past the New Bremen firehouse on their way to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in this town about 45 miles north of Dayton.

Firefighters from three nearby towns took over for the day so the New Bremen department could attend Jutte's funeral. They stood next to a set of turn-out gear laid out in honor of Jutte, and saluted as the funeral procession passed.

A funeral for firefighter John Garman, 40, is scheduled for Monday.

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