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A true story
By Ken DeRoche
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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A real life account.

Several years ago I worked as the manager of an auto parts warehouse on 40th street in east Tampa. We were just up the road from Tampa’s largest and oldest cemeteries (Memorial Gardens). Because of our proximity to the cemetery, we had many funeral processions pass by our store. We always new they were coming because the police would clear the intersection in front of us, we could here them coming because of the sirens. We saw many a procession, including one for a mobster. It was just like in the movies, dozens of black limousines.


The best procession was one for a Tampa Firefighter who had died in the line of duty. It was the biggest procession we ever saw. It was so big that the police closed the streets on the route ahead of time instead of on the fly as they usually do. The procession had fire trucks and fire chief SUV’s from what seemed like every fire department in Florida. They came from as far as Key West and Pensacola. The most impressive part was near the end. The fallen hero was in a flag draped coffin riding on top of an antique Tampa fire truck (circa 1930). Riding with him in the front of the truck were two Dalmatians, with tears in their eyes.

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Reviewed by Edward Saint-Ivan 3/25/2009
I really can identify because I worked at an office complex a few blocks from that exact cemetery. I think it was called Interstate Commerce Park but I'm not sure.
It is one of the prettyest cemeteries in all of Tampa and I'm so disappointed mom buried dad somewhere else. You might consider going into edit and putting the story under article.

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