12/24/13 263 W, 3 I - + 6 - 3 Scenes From a Firefighter Funeral

Hundreds of firefighters filled the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary yesterday afternoon, for the funeral of Cary Fire Department Captain and Swift Creek Firefighter Jon F. Schondelmayer. He died suddenly on December 18, after being found unresponsive at his home, after going to his home while on duty at Swift Creek. He was 44 years old.

Family, friends, and fellow firefighters remembered Schondelmayer as a beloved and larger-than-life figure. He was a Marine who served in Desert Storm, a veteran Cary firefighter assigned to Ladder 1, and a Swift Creek firefighter for over nineteen years. 

Following the presentation of his helmets to his children, his last call was announced on the radio by a Cary dispatcher. As the announcement was transmitted, the fire siren at the nearby Swift Creek fire station sounded. Listen to the last calls: Cary Central (during funeral), Raleigh/Wake ECC (December 18).

Following the service, a procession escorted his body to Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh. The apparatus in the procession included trucks from Cary, Swift Creek, Knightdale, and Fuquay-Varina. Also present was Cary's original platform ladder, now serving at Buis Creek. The ladder truck was Schondelmayer's first assignment in Cary. 

Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros (shown below) have posted photos from the funeral. Lee took photos of the procession, while Legeros filmed the thing. See below. Here are related postings and media links:  blog post #1, blog post #2, WRAL story, WTVD story, and his obituary

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