Wood River Firefighters Laid To Rest
Thousands of people from around the state were in Wood River Thursday to honor two fallen fire fighters. Among those were hundreds of fellow fire fighters. Last Saturday, a house in Wood River caught fire, killing 73 year old Anna Carrig. Fire captains Kenny Woitalewicz and Bobby Heminger, who attempted to rescue Carrig, died from their injuries this week.
Thursday, about 3-thousand people were in town for the funeral, honoring the fallen fire captains. About 1800 firefighters came to Wood River, some from as far away as Colorado, Iowa, and Kansas. Those firefighters walked in procession to the ceremony at Wood River High School. The overwhelming response caused the ceremony to start about a half hour late. Fire trucks were draped with black sashes, and firemen held their heads high as they gathered.
It was standing room only inside the high school and the gym wasn't big enough to seat everyone. Television monitors were set up throughout the school to accommodate the thousands of people paying their respects.
Both firefighters are survived by their wives and two children. Thursday's turnout shows the kind of brotherhood that exists between firefighters.