Remembering a hero: Funeral services held for volunteer firefighter killed in Spring Valley fire
It was an emotional goodbye Saturday for friends, family and
colleagues of volunteer firefighter Jared Lloyd, who lost his life while saving
others during a massive fire at a Rockland County assisted living facility last
Fire officials say Lloyd, 35, made multiple saves during the
blaze at Evergreen Court Living Facility, but did not make it out. He was a
father to two young boys and served with the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire
Department for 15 years – joining after graduating high school.
"On March 23, after removing countless unconscious
victims from the Evergreen Assisted Living Complex, Jared enter the building
for a final time," said Mike Johnson, an ex-chief at the Columbian Fire
Engine Company No.1 in Spring Valley.
Chief Ken Conjura called it “one of the worst fires Spring
Valley has ever had, but with one of the greatest rescue efforts."
A resident at the assisted living facility was also killed
in the fire. Officials have already started an investigation into the exact
cause, but they say it will take a few more weeks.
Services took place at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona
on Saturday afternoon. It was followed by a procession to the firehouse and
then to Brick Church Cemetery.
Hundreds of fellow firefighters from around the country
attended the services. Hundreds more from the community paid their respects
during the procession to the fire house for the ceremonial last call.
“Rest in peace my brother, we'll take it from here,"
said Chief Conjura.
Outside Columbian Fire Engine Company No. 1
Firefighters line the streets
Inside Palisades Credit Union Park
Lloyd (right) with volunteer firemen
A final salute to Jared Lloyd