CLINTON — Support for the Clinton Fire Department following the death and critical injury of two firefighters in the line of duty is crossing county and state borders.
Representatives from fire departments across Iowa and Illinois will be part of Saturday's memorial service for Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette.
Camache Fire Department, where Hosette began his firefighting career, plans to bring most of its paid employees and volunteers to Hosette's visitation Friday at Zion Lutheran Church and to the memorial service Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverview Bandshell in Clinton, Camanche Assistant Chief Jeff Moore said Thursday.
"We've got a group of all our firemen, their spouses" and retirees, Moore said. Camanche Fire will bring seven pieces of equipment to the memorial service, he said.
Two Camanche paramedics will stay behind to answer ambulance calls, Moore said. Firefighters from Bettendorf and Hiawatha will cover the station while Camanche firefighters are away.
The Fulton, Illinois Fire Department plans to bring most of its 35 firefighters Saturday.
"We are going out as one big group," said Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Jon Buts. "We'll probably have 85 to 90 percent of them Saturday."
Much of its all-volunteer department will also be in Clinton on Friday for the visitation.
"We'll have enough to man our station Friday," Buts said. "Saturday we have two departments that are going to cover."
The Davenport Fire Department Honor Guard will be one of many taking part in services for Hosette this weekend, said DFD Fire Chief Mike Carlsten.
"We will have personnel from our department attending the memorial," Carlsten said, and DFD will provide some personnel to help cover the Saturday night shift at the Clinton Fire Department.
Fire stations throughout eastern Iowa and western Ilinois will be taking part in services this weekend, Carlsten said. "It's not just Davenport."
Muscatine Fire Department will send representatives to Hosette's vistitation and memorial service as well as help cover shifts for the Clinton Fire Department, said MFD Assistant Chief Michael Hartman.
"We will be there," Hartman said. "At this point I expect us to have about eight people at the visitation. Probably nine or 10 at the memorial service."
Those numbers include Muscatine firefighters who will serve in the honor guard during the visitation and the memorial service.
"For the memorial, we'll be bringing one of our fire engines," Hartman said. "We are going to have people staffing [Clinton Fire Department] from noon Friday through 7 a.m. Sunday."
Firefighters and emergency medical workers from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, Burlington Fire, Muscatine Fire, Medic Ambulance, Genesis, Iowa City, Davenport and Moline, Ilinois will cover shifts at Clinton's three fire stations, Hartman said.
The Iowa Firefighters Association will send representatives to Hosette's funeral service Saturday, said IFA president Jim Shutts. "It's any line-of-duty death. We try to get somebody there, if not all of our board members. It's just a show of respect."
Shutts said he thought four or five firefighters in Iowa had died in the line of duty in the last year.
"We would hope that there would be none, but unfortunately we don't always get our wishes," he said. "We try to get as many board members as possible to something like this, [for] somebody that's provided the ultimate sacrifice. The brotherhood of firefighting is just that."