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    Default Camden Says Goodbye to Honorary Junior FF

    Very touching story. I'm proud to be in the same state as this young man and his brothers from Camden FD.

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    July 27, 2009

    Department, family say goodbye to Jr. firefighter

    By LAVINIA DeCASTRO
    Courier-Post Staff

    The Camden Fire Department said goodbye to one of their own on Saturday.

    One by one, firefighters placed a flower on 9-year-old Jacob Rosa's light blue coffin.

    Just weeks before he succumbed to cancer, Jacob was named a honorary junior member of Engine Six, realizing his life-long dream of being a firefighter.

    "He's now our brother and we're going to treat him this way," said fireman Pete Perez, who heard about the boy's love of firefighting through a friend of the family and met him not long after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in January 2006. "When I saw him at the hospital, he said "I'm going to fight this'. He exemplified everything that firefighting stands for."

    Though Hodgkin's is one of a handful of highly curable cancers, a variety of medicines haven't been able to stop the disease from spreading from one lymph node group to another in Jacob's neck, chest, stomach and liver. He died on Tuesday at his home.

    Perez held Jacob's firefighter helmet throughout the funeral mass at Holy Name Catholic Church.

    Firefighters lined the entrance of the church as Jacob's father, three brothers and uncles carried his coffin inside.

    The boy's family, wearing shirts with Jacob's latter 6 helmet, followed closely behind.

    "I was there when he was born and I was there when he passed," said Jacob's aunt, Kathy Rubert.

    She remembered him as an active boy who liked video games and riding his bicycle.

    "Even sick, toward the end, he still wanted to do all that," Rubert said.

    More than 100 people attended the mass, held in Spanish and English.

    Members of the fire department carried his coffin, draped in an American flag, out of the church and others saluted as it passed.

    At Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken, a lone fireman played Amazing Grace on the bagpipe as the boy was laid to rest near his grandfather and uncle.

    Two white doves were released as Jacob's mother placed a red carnation and a white rose on his coffin.

    "Oh, Jacob, I love you," she said, as the tears streaked down her face.

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    A very sad, but also heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing it.

    Sleep peacefully in the arms of the angels, Jacob. Those who went before you will be there to greet you with open arms into Heaven's Fire Department.

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    Camden 6 you are amazing for doing this.... Bravo
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    "and everyone is encouraged to use Plain, Spelled Out English. I thought this was covered in NIMS training."

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    RIP Little Man.

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    RIP little brother.

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    RIP little man.

    very touching story.
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    Well that is pretty cool what they did for him.

    RIP little man.
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    RIP little brother.


    This makes you want to go home and hug your kids a little tighter.

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    RIP little guy

    Sounds like a great bunch of guys at Engine 6.
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    Very nice story.

    Rest easy Jacob.
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    RIP Little guy. Your soul and spirit will walk in great company.
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    RIP little man.
    It stories like this that make you think more about your family and kids. Its a shame that kids have to die this young from cancer.

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    Rest in Peace Jacob

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    Rest in peace Jacob.

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    I'm also proud to be in the same state as these guys and Jacob Rosa




    RIP Jacob

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