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Our Smallest Fire Fighter Has Gone Home
Free Republic ^ | 8-16-2005 | Just Kimberly

Posted on 08/19/2005 5:00:36 AM PDT by Just Kimberly

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In Loving Memory

of

Mark Allen Gregory, Jr.

January 22, 2005

to

August 13, 2005

Interment, Hebron Cemetery

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

 

 

Our smallest Fire Fighter has been called home to be with Our Father God.

His smile and laughter still rings in our ears, but God needed another Angel,

So, little Allen -

It is now your Blessed job to watch down upon us as

you run through the fields of Daisies, steeped in the Brilliant Sunshine,

As Jesus walks with you for Eternity.

You will always hold a special place in our Fire Fighting Family.

Lebanon Junction Fire and Rescue

Lebanon Junction , Kentucky

Just Kimberly

 

 

Mark Allen Gregory, 6 months old, was apparently the victim of SIDS.

Our Fire Fighters were on the scene in less than two minutes, but despite our best efforts,

he went Home. The family has many needs, and the

Lebanon Junction Fire and Rescue Squad is taking donations for whatever may come their way.

If my Canteen FReeper Family is interested, please FReep mail me,

and I can send you info on how to help.

Prayers are always appreciated, and we ask for those - ABOVE ALL ELSE. 

This story may possibly be in our local paper this week. The website is http://www.pioneernews.net/ .

We are not sure if a special fund will be allocated as yet, but the local church benevolence fund,

and our Fire Fighting Family has raised close to $300.00 so far. The Funeral services were donated

by Kappel Funeral Home. Lebanon Junction, Kentucky - yet Hospital costs and interment has yet to be revealed to us.

Thank you for your prayers and support. JK


TOPICS: Announcements; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
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This was originally posted at The Canteen, but I wanted to spread the word to my entire FReeper family.

The young couple who lost their child is still very much in shock. Our Fire and Rescue squad is working hard to do all we can, as we are still healing from this horrible run.

Please send all the prayers and encouragement you can.

Thank you. JK

1 posted on 08/19/2005 5:00:37 AM PDT by Just Kimberly
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To: Just Kimberly

Rest in Peace..


2 posted on 08/19/2005 5:04:52 AM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: Just Kimberly

Just heartbreaking.


3 posted on 08/19/2005 5:06:40 AM PDT by Bahbah (Air America: kids-for-kilowatts)
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To: Just Kimberly

So sad, prayers up.


4 posted on 08/19/2005 5:15:35 AM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: Just Kimberly

How sad. Prayers for little Allen's family.


5 posted on 08/19/2005 5:16:51 AM PDT by jigsaw (The Democratic Party has Irritable Howl Syndrome.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Truly, young parents' worst nightmare. God Bless little Mark's family.


6 posted on 08/19/2005 5:19:53 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Just Kimberly

Gentle prayers of Sympathy.


7 posted on 08/19/2005 5:26:51 AM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: Just Kimberly; trussell
Heavenly Father, we return to thank You that You are the God of All Comfort ... if it were not so, we could not bear the loss of this beloved little one. Gather Allen's family unto Yourself, Merciful Father, that they might endure the days ahead. Touch the first responders and their brethren with mercy and compassion, for great were their efforts. To You, O Lord, belong the mysteries of the fullness of our days ... increase our faith even in this dark hour. In the Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen ...
8 posted on 08/19/2005 5:27:09 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Just Kimberly

What a wonderful family. This is so well written. It reminds me of the letter telling Stonewall Jackson of his daughters birth. Life is precious. God, through Moses, said "Choose Life", it is more precious than we think.


9 posted on 08/19/2005 6:10:35 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Just Kimberly

I join in prayer for the family as they deal with his homegoing!


10 posted on 08/19/2005 6:41:37 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Just Kimberly

He's in good hands - the little ones are God's favorites.


11 posted on 08/19/2005 6:43:32 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Just Kimberly

prayers sent


12 posted on 08/19/2005 6:49:02 AM PDT by groanup (shred for Ian)
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To: Just Kimberly

Sorrowful bump.


13 posted on 08/19/2005 7:07:38 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Just Kimberly

Very special prayer bump!!!!!


14 posted on 08/19/2005 1:23:25 PM PDT by GregB (Bring back Capt. Michael Scott Speicher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Just Kimberly; Salvation; Faith; NYer

Prayers from TX.


15 posted on 08/19/2005 1:26:01 PM PDT by TXBSAFH (Free Traitors are communist China's modern day "Useful Idiots")
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To: Pegita
Agreeing with you in prayer, Pegita.

O Lord, have mercy upon this family and hold them close in their grief. Though we do not understand, yet we will trust in You. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

16 posted on 08/19/2005 1:37:06 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers sent for little Mark and his family.


17 posted on 08/19/2005 1:46:36 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Just Kimberly; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
A Child Loaned

"I'll lend you for a little time
A child of Mine." He said.
"For you to love the while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three
But will you, till I call him back
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories
As solace for your grief.  

I cannot promise he will stay
Since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want the child to learn.
I've looked this wide world over
In my search for teacher's true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you;
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate Me when I come to call
And take him back again?  

I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, They will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
For the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand."
Anonymous

* * * * *

A young couple in my parish just lost their son, exactly 7 months to the day he was born. He was their first and only child.

The excrutiating pain of losing a child is one that no parent should ever endure. Despite their enormous grief, they wrote their son, one of the most beautiful and moving letters I have ever heard, read to the hundreds who showed up for his funeral. This young couple taught us all a lesson in faith.

Please remember this littlest "firefighter" and his family, in your prayers.

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


18 posted on 08/19/2005 2:05:22 PM PDT by NYer ("Each person is meant to exist. Each person is God's own idea." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Just Kimberly; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
A Child Loaned

"I'll lend you for a little time
A child of Mine." He said.
"For you to love the while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three
But will you, till I call him back
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories
As solace for your grief.  

I cannot promise he will stay
Since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want the child to learn.
I've looked this wide world over
In my search for teacher's true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you;
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate Me when I come to call
And take him back again?  

I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, They will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
For the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand."
Anonymous

* * * * *

A young couple in my parish just lost their son, exactly 7 months to the day he was born. He was their first and only child.

The excrutiating pain of losing a child is one that no parent should ever endure. Despite their enormous grief, they wrote their son, one of the most beautiful and moving letters I have ever heard, read to the hundreds who showed up for his funeral. This young couple taught us all a lesson in faith.

Please remember this littlest "firefighter" and his family, in your prayers.

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


19 posted on 08/19/2005 2:06:15 PM PDT by NYer ("Each person is meant to exist. Each person is God's own idea." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Just Kimberly

I can barely breathe when I read stuff like this. Many prayers for the family.


20 posted on 08/19/2005 2:29:35 PM PDT by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: Just Kimberly
You wrote a wonderful tribute for a truly heartbreaking tragedy.

My prayers go out for this angel's family.

21 posted on 08/19/2005 3:10:12 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers for the family, they now have help in heaven.
Prayers for the firemen, they are truly doing God's work.
Prayer for those who don't pray...to open their hearts.
Thanksgiving to God for his birth and the memories he will continue to give.

God Bless.


22 posted on 08/19/2005 3:49:12 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers for this family.


23 posted on 08/19/2005 4:46:16 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Just Kimberly

How sad. Truly a parent's worst nightmare. May God grant them some comfort in this horrible time.


24 posted on 08/19/2005 5:09:59 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Condolences and prayers.

I can't imagine how parents can draw breath when this happens. It makes a heart so heavy.


25 posted on 08/19/2005 5:24:33 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("This is the sort of English up with which I will not put." Winston Churchill)
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To: Just Kimberly; 4woodenboats; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Accountable One; Aeronaut; AKA Elena; ...
Prayer ping.

Please post your replies to Just Kimberly


Rest in Peace
Mark Allen Gregory

My prayers will be with the friends and family who now mourn his passing.

Blessings,
trussell

If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

26 posted on 08/19/2005 7:48:05 PM PDT by trussell (Prayers for the children!)
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers sent for Mark's family.


27 posted on 08/19/2005 7:52:57 PM PDT by tuliptree76 (I'm sailing on the wide accountancy.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers sent for the family. I simply cannot imagine....


28 posted on 08/19/2005 7:58:20 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Just Kimberly

How very tragic. Prayers for this family and for the EMS squad, too.


29 posted on 08/19/2005 8:01:34 PM PDT by FreedomHasACost (Don't take life so damn seriously...you can't get out of it alive anyway!)
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To: Just Kimberly

Offering my prayers


30 posted on 08/19/2005 8:05:02 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Please answer our prayers)
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To: Just Kimberly

Three different families who were all friends of ours each lost a child to SIDS. It's a horrible shock to the entire family and friends.

God Bless. Prayers.


31 posted on 08/19/2005 8:11:27 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Just Kimberly

love


32 posted on 08/19/2005 8:15:18 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Just Kimberly

My nephew died of SIDS at six weeks, and I can attest to the rawness of the wound to the parents and all his close relatives. Prayers for God's comfort for all the bereaved ...


33 posted on 08/19/2005 8:19:18 PM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: Just Kimberly

Sniff...White Light surround you. This is just heartbreaking.


34 posted on 08/19/2005 8:20:20 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Just Kimberly; NYer

Very sad, indeed. Prayers for little Allen; may he rest in peace.


35 posted on 08/19/2005 8:23:49 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Pegita

... and Amen.

Matt 18:20


36 posted on 08/19/2005 8:32:51 PM PDT by glock rocks (Let's light this candle.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers up for Mark Jr. and his family.


37 posted on 08/19/2005 8:40:41 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: Just Kimberly
"Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven". Jesus Christ ca 30 AD.

Little Mark Allen is now more alive than any of us who are left behind for the time being. He is living in the presence of the risen Son of God in a place far, far better than anything any of us have ever seen or even dreamed of.

I know that sounds like a trite platitude at a time like this, but we have the word of the living God that it is true.

38 posted on 08/19/2005 9:11:08 PM PDT by epow ( The only fish that always swim with the current are dead fish)
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To: trussell; Just Kimberly

Such a loss, prayers for the young parents and the entire family!


39 posted on 08/19/2005 9:48:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Joining you in prayers.


40 posted on 08/19/2005 10:16:51 PM PDT by amom
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers going out now.


41 posted on 08/19/2005 10:31:03 PM PDT by ChefKeith (If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Joining in prayer.

Psalm 34.


42 posted on 08/19/2005 10:33:33 PM PDT by djreece ("... Until He leads justice to victory." Matt. 12:20c)
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To: Just Kimberly

Oh my goodness, this is the saddest news! God watch over this young family, and bring them peace in this impossible time. May they always feel the presence of their young son around them. Blessings.


43 posted on 08/20/2005 4:12:31 AM PDT by Basselope
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To: NYer

That was just beautiful and thanks for posting. God bless this family in this most tragic time of need.


44 posted on 08/20/2005 4:20:59 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Just Kimberly

Sometimes love is for a moment. Sometimes love is for a lifetime.
Sometimes a moment is a lifetime.

Prayers for the family of God's precious little one.


45 posted on 08/20/2005 7:43:17 AM PDT by murphyb
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To: Just Kimberly

Prayers offered for family and friends.


46 posted on 08/20/2005 10:53:55 AM PDT by lysie
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To: Just Kimberly

I cannot even imagine. May the Lord comfort this family in their grief.


47 posted on 08/20/2005 11:15:02 AM PDT by Sea2ShiningSea
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To: CasearianDaoist; All

Thank you

 for your prayers for little Mark Allen, Jr.

I am passing along all of your messages to the Family and Fire Department.

 

Today - one week to the day - we have received word

of the passing of another member

of our Fire Fighting Family.

 

Eddie Hatfield

Assistant Chief

of the

South East Bullitt Fire Department,

Bullitt County, Kentucky

passed this morning, after a long battle with cancer.

 

Last Sunday, all of the departments in the county, including some from surrounding counties,

held a parade for Eddie in front of his home -

a last 'Goodbye' that Eddie could see and participate in.

He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery as our smallest Firefighter.

 

When I am called to duty, God
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age,
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert and
Hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and
Protect his property
And if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your
protecting hand
My children and my wife.
  

Thanks so much to all of you. Your prayers and thoughts are truly appreciated and will be forever remembered.

Just Kimberly

 

48 posted on 08/20/2005 11:28:59 AM PDT by Just Kimberly (Always proud, Always American, Always Trust in God...HOOAH!!( and Terri - we will never forget.))
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To: Just Kimberly

My prayers are with this young couple in their time of sorrow.


49 posted on 08/20/2005 11:35:22 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Just Kimberly

this is so awful... i remember how paranoid i was when our baby was less than 18 months... i would go check on him constantly while he was sleeping... i don't want to even imagine what this couple is going through...


50 posted on 08/20/2005 11:35:39 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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