WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne Fire Department, along with members of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad lined the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Terhune Drive in Wayne as the funeral procession of fallen first responder Gary Walker drove by on Wednesday morning.
Walker, 53, was a Bloomingdale Police Officer and Assistant Fire Chief in Oakland. He died due to complications from Covid-19 on Friday, April 24.
His funeral procession started in Bloomingdale, came through Wayne on the way to Oakland.
I didn't know Gary Walker, I never met him,” said Wayne Fire Commissioner Bob Minarick. “As I stood at the corner of Hamburg Turnpike and Terhune Drive with over fifty first responders and more than twenty-five police cars, fire trucks and EMS rigs all positioned for one final tribute to this man who spent his entire adult life protecting the residents of Bloomingdale and Oakland, I didn't have to know him. I knew he stood for the same thing that all of us at that corner stood for, all first responders waiting for him at the entrance to the cemetery and all of the first responders who were part of the Oakland and Bloomingdale ceremonies. It was the highest honor a first responder can be paid. Your peers all saluting you saying you did a great job and Rest in Peace.”
“The members of both Departments and First Aid Squad would like to offer their heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of Gary,” said Ron Johnson, “And also to the Bloomingdale Police Department and Oakland Fire Department. May he Rest In Peace beside God The Father...in Heaven.”
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