Tuesday, March 13, 2012
It is with sadness that we mark the passing of our brother, Benjamin DeMond. Ben, 33, was killed in a car accident this past weekend. He was a member of the City of Norwich Fire Department, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 892. His two young sons, Alex 6 and Cole 4 were injured in the crash.
I didn't know Ben personally, only in passing and through what others have told me, but he is still a brother to us all. Fire fighters hold a special place with ER nurses, as do all in EMS. They are brothers and sisters to us all. Being a fire fighter, Ben was also a union brother.
My heart goes out to this family and friends, especially all the firefighters, medics, and EMTs of the Norwich area. His loss leaves a big hole, but he lives on in you. Every time to don your boots, your turnout gear, your medical gear, every time you turn hit the lights, sound the siren, and respond to a call, every time you hug your children or his, Ben lives on in you.
And Brother Ben now looks down on us, keeping us safe. Godspeed Ben.