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    The City of Palm Bay Fire Rescue recently lost a Brother. He was off duty, and was buried today. I was just looking at the comments posted on the website of the local newspaper. What I read disgusted me to my core. I will give the link to the site.
    Captain Michael Marcinik, may you rest in peace, Brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLSboy View Post
    The City of Palm Bay Fire Rescue recently lost a Brother. He was off duty, and was buried today. I was just looking at the comments posted on the website of the local newspaper. What I read disgusted me to my core. I will give the link to the site.
    Captain Michael Marcinik, may you rest in peace, Brother.

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    HWoods, once again, you have demonstrated why you are a man who holds my utmost respect.
    You have posted before on there, to help me quell the idiocy here in Brevard County.
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    Guys, it was one person whining about the traffic. I think you're getting a little too worked about one person whining, especially when everyone else that has commented was in support of the firefighters.
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    Caught this before it goes to archives and no one else will know what the story is:

    Palm Bay firefighters paid tribute to one of their own

    BY J.D. GALLOP

    Funeral today. The funeral services for Capt. Mike Marcinik, a 22-year veteran of Palm Bay Fire Rescue, begins 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 5310 Babcock Street.

    Service. Firefighters from across the state attended the funeral services for Palm Bay Fire Rescue Capt. Mike Marcinik., who died last weekend. J.D. Gallop, FLORIDA TODAY

    PALM BAY — Michael Marcinik was remembered by his fellow firefighters Thursday as a husband, father, friend and lovable gruff who was never afraid to serve others in need.

    It was a sentiment many shared as they watched the 22-year fire fighting veteran’s flag-draped coffin gently hoisted atop a Palm Bay fire engine for a final, quiet processional to a small cemetery not far from U.S. 1.

    More than 1,000 people stood in the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic Church on Babcock Street to watch the farewell tribute to one of Palm Bay Fire-Rescue’s own.

    “He was one of the finest individuals I’ve met in my 42 years on this earth,” said fellow Palm Bay firefighter Ed Yannes, a close friend of Marcinik who delivered a moving – and at times humorous – eulogy earlier in the church’s sun-lit sanctuary.

    Marcinik, called “Uncle Mike” by some of the younger firefighters, died suddenly Saturday while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island.

    “They were out on the beach trying to watch the sunset,” Yannes said earlier about his friend’s passing.

    Marcinik, 44, was also the first active-duty Palm Bay Fire-Rescue firefighter to die in recent memory, said Battalion Chief Gene Harrell. That made it even harder for the department of close-knit firefighters, many of whom openly call each other “brother” during Thursday’s funeral mass.

    “It was just a shocker,” Harrell said.

    More than a dozen fire trucks also lined Babcock Street to escort Marcinik to his final resting place. Fire departments from agencies as far away as West Palm Beach and Sanibel Island sent representatives to the funeral.

    The two-hour service began with the Mike and the Mechanics hit song The Living Years – a tune about the longing struggles of a father and son - blaring over the church speakers.

    Marcinik’s coffin sat in the middle of the aisle, not far from an altar decorated with wreathes and flowers. A simple spray of white flowers sat atop his closed casket a few yards from where his wife JoAnne sat with their family.

    “Nothing meant more to Mike more than JoAnn and those kids...” Yannes said during the eulogy, looking toward Marcinik’s family.

    “Look around at all the people here that your dad has touched...this will be your extended family now, don’t ever forget that.”

    Near the front entrance, placards with dozens of pictures of fatherhood – including several tender shots with Marcinik holding his three children or in one, sitting on the bathroom floor watching his son play in the bathtub. Others detailed Marcinik’s work since joining the department in 1985 and working his way up to the rank of captain.

    Palm Bay Fire Chief Larry Hellmann offered the first of many tributes to Marcinik’s work as a firefighter, paramedic and mentor.

    “He was straightforward and blunt,” Hellmann said to quiet, reflective laughter from the audience.

    “But we all knew that if we asked him a question, we’d better be prepared to hear what he thought about the issue at hand.”

    Outside, firefighters traded stories about Marcinik, a graduate of Melbourne High. There was the story of how he saved a city worker during a rescue call, another about how he helped an asthma-stricken boy breathe again, only to hear how that boy would become a firefighter years later. Many recalled his deep voice, booming questions, ready to give answers to any rookie that needed it, Yannes said.

    They also talked about his love for his daughter Lindsay’s soccer games.

    “He was a very dedicated family man,” said Wendell Harrington, a 48-year-old man who met the fallen firefighter during one of many soccer games

    “ I knew him from soccer. He was always there for his daughter. He was a teddy bear, a real riot.”

    But one of the most touching tributes came after pallbearers lifted him onto the fire truck – a tradition at funerals for firefighters.

    “It’s a simple truck, no gadgets,” Aaron Rhodes, a former Palm Bay firefighter now working in Orlando.

    “We’re going to load Uncle Mike up and we’re going to put him on Engine 6. It’s just a simple truck...he would have it no other way.”

    A comrade carried Marcinik’s ashen fire helmet in his hand then carefully placed in the fire engine cab. Later a Palm Bay dispatchers, in another bow to longstanding tradition, paid tribute over the radio asking that “God rest his soul.”

    Contact Gallop at 409-1422 or jdgallop@floridatoday.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    Guys, it was one person whining about the traffic. I think you're getting a little too worked about one person whining, especially when everyone else that has commented was in support of the firefighters.

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    The sad thing is, if such an event happened here, in DC, I can already hear the whinning and snivelling that would be had if we did this. Although things were pretty quiet last year when we lost two Fairfax County Police Officers to a shooter. But then when something on the order of 2 or 3000 cops and fire department representatives are in the motorcade.... Of course both funerals were on a weekend too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    Guys, it was one person whining about the traffic. I think you're getting a little too worked about one person whining, especially when everyone else that has commented was in support of the firefighters.
    So what?
    I've only been to one departmental funeral and it was to cover another county's department while they buried one of their own who was a Sheriff's Deputy killed LODD.From that,I learned what has been mentioned in these forums before:"On the funeral day of a fallen member of your department,there are two places for you to be: turned out in your best uniform at the funeral or at your station waiting for the tones to drop.The yard can wait."
    Stopping traffic for funeral processions is to show respect for the deceased,and those inconvenienced should remember that someday,they too will be riding in the first car in the procession.Would they then want people saying what a no good so and so he is for delaying their "Bee double E Are you In"?
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    This sums it up.

    My father was the greatest, and most loving man I have ever known my entire life. And for me to hear about how citizens of Palm Bay or the surrounding area are complaining about how his funeral was an "inconvenience" to their day weakens me. He spent 22 years of his life serving to protect the people he loved throughout the community, 22 YEARS! Frankly, I am disgusted by some of the comments I read today. Instead of sparing a few kind words for a man who served his country and community most of his life, you can only cry about a few hours of slow traffic during your busy lives. My father loved everyone and loved his job. Today as I was riding in my dad's work vehicle on the way to his final resting place, I witnessed a young man look at the long line of flashing trucks. And then, with disappointment, slam his hat onto the ground. It showed me just how uncaring, unthankful, and cold some people can be. But then, I realized how many people were pulled over on the side of Palm Bay Road showing their love. Some were saluting, some with their hands/baseball caps over their hearts, and even a little girl waving and smiling. It was then that I noticed how many people loved my father for the work he did, and took time out of their "busy lives" to show their support. I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported my family and I during our time of need. Thank you to the PBFD, PBPD, Brevard County Sheriffs Dep., West Palm Beach FD, Orlando FD, friends, supporters, and anyone else who I did not mention (sorry <3). I love you all for the work you do, and sincerely thank you for being there for my family and I. I will never be able to completely put my feelings into words about how much I cherish the Palm Bay Fire Department and what they did for us. Just as my father did, I love you all like my family and would do anything for you. I love my community and country, and would also do anything for it as well. I continue to love my father now with an intensity I feel not many understand. May his memory live on forever in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew and loved him. Never forget the time we spent with him, and I will never forget the love shared by LOCAL 2446. Again, thank you to all who were there for me and my family. I will love and cherish you all forever.
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    CHIEF Woods you have my RESPECT: It just goes to show who is on line and viewing these forums. Here the son was reading the comments. I have seen to many poeple start in with the back seat driving and the critism before the person is layed to rest, Their family, brothers and sisters, co-workes can all view these forums, yet a few continue to show their lack of respect for the fallen.. I think you had every right to blast the people bit**ing about the traffic. Maybe here some should bite their tounges before they start Foaming from the mouth...His son, who knows how many father/son firefighters we have in this forum, or even co-workers/friends and to start bit**ing while others are greaving shows the lack of PROFESSIONALISM we have here.... May Capt rest in peace....
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    First off my thought go out to the family and to the fire department family. Second some people just don't get it do they?

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    I'm just sorry that Brett Marcinik and his family even got word of people's complaints and had to take time from their greiveing process to defend this. They should not have to worry about such things.
    When we buried my brother, the funeral procession was nearly a mile long, moving at 20 mph through the busiest part of town. There were no negative comments that we recieved. However months later I got word that one of my brothers childhood friends was complaining about the "grand sendoff" for one firefighter. We have not crossed paths....yet

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    Rest Easy Captain. Brothers never forget!

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