For any of us who were not at the but wished we were, here is a video, courtesy of Stage Fright Productions.
The opening remarks are by Fire Chief Steve Olson, who talked about the late , the city's former building inspector and paid-on-call firefighter—and about the special bond between firefighters.
"It's a profession of deep friendships, loyalties and trust," he said, formed by hours of mundane tasks and life-threatening danger that "creates a bond between firefighters that's really difficult to explain to those who are not in the fire service."
Mayor Kevin Burns then dedicates his remarks to "Charles Sullivan Lencioni" as a father, a business owner, a firefighter, a city building inspector, an American patriot and a champion of Geneva.
"Putting out a fire was more than dousing water on a blaze for Chuck," he says in this video. "It was about fending off an enemy that dared to forever alter the community that he loved, and loved him back."
We live in a wonderful community, one that cares enough about its citizens to come out on a hot Saturday to commemorate a man who died too soon. As Burns says at the end of the video, Chuck would leave us with just one request.
"Don't screw it up."
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBRuQnzrOxA&feature=youtu.be