LAKEWOOD – Family, friends, and fellow first responders said their final goodbyes to a long-time Village of Lakewood firefighter on Friday.
Crews from all around the county turned out to honor Edwin N. Nelson, Jr for his 74 years of service to the local community, with one final ride.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Nelson served as first assistant chief, president of the fire company and captain of the fire police, responding to over 13,000 calls in his tenure.
“We had a member, Edwin Nelson Jr, who was a 74 year member of this department passed away earlier this week, and we’re here for the funeral, and try to show honor and respect for him,” explained Kurt Hallberg, Lakewood Fire Chief.
Nelson while en-route to his final resting place, his funeral procession will pass by all of his favorite locations.
“We’re going to have a procession from here to the funeral to eventually to the cemetery, but we’re going to make a lot of stops and go by a lot of places that were important to Ed during his life,“ stated Hallberg. “Our old fire station, our new fire station, our clubhouse and training grounds, his home, so we’ll be circulating through the village and parts of the town of Busti.”
While death may be hard to handle for some, Lakewood Fire Chief Kurt Hallberg says reflection can help cope with this loss.
“Well, the best thing to do is reflect on what Ed did during his life,“ explained Hallberg. “He was always there to help anybody, his family especially, and the community and fire department. We have to look forward to what we have in store in the future.”
Nelson passed away on Monday, at the age of 93.