Letter: Maple Ridge firefighter’s service was memorable

I was honoured to have attended the recent funeral of Lieut. Dennis Teboekhorst of the Maple Ridge Fire Department.

Editor, The News:

I was honoured to have attended the recent funeral of Lieut. Dennis Teboekhorst of the Maple Ridge Fire Department. Lieut. TeBoekhorst unfortunately passed away as a result of cardiac arrest, a presumptive condition as a result of his firefighting career, which warranted a line of duty death funeral.

In my career as a firefighter, and also since I have been retired, I have unfortunately attended too many funerals of my firefighting brothers, (fortunately no sisters yet) some of which were  considered line of duty funerals.

I felt it was necessary to comment on Lieutenant TeBoekhorst’s  service  and give credit where credit is due.

As sad a situation as this was, I must commend Maple Ridge Fire Chief Howard Exner and the men and women of his department, as well as the City of Maple Ridge for what I consider to be one of the most professionally organized remembrances for a fallen brother that I have ever had the privilege to attend. The logistics to set up a remembrance such as this were most likely, monumental.

From all accounts, and these are accounts of those fire personnel that attended with whom I have spoken, it was presented with dignity and class, honouring Dennis.

I never knew Dennis, but by the end of the service I felt as if I did.

My condolences go out to his family. I am sure Dennis would have been extremely proud and honoured to realize what his department has done for him.

As a matter of fact, so am I.

 

K.Kahle

Captain-retired

Coquitlam Fire Rescue

 

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