NOLA legend ‘Dooky’ Chase laid to rest surrounded by family, friends

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Dozens of family members and friends gathered at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church to celebrate the life of Edgar Lawrence “Dooky” Chase Jr., who passed away Nov. 22.
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Bradley Co. Fire Captain Laid To Rest Following Crash

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A community in Bradley County mourned the passing of a local fire captain as his family laid him to rest Monday.

Wallace Varnell, captain of Bradley County Fire-Rescue Station 3, was one of two men killed in a car accident last week on Georgetown Road. Edward Brewer was the second victim who died after he lost control of his car and collided head-on with Varnell’s car, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Varnell was buried with full firefighter honors with a procession through Cleveland as fire trucks led him to Mt. Carmel Cemetery. People who knew of him and even those who didn’t paused for a moment.

“I’m a former employee of Jasper County Fire-Rescue in Ridgeleand, South Carolina and just stopping to pay my respects for a fallen brother,” said Rita Anderson, who watched the procession from Keith Street and 25th Street.

Bradley County firefighters transported Varnell on his fire truck from Station 3, many saluting the leader on his last ride.

“Anytime we lose someone especially like the man we lost today, it does bring tears to our eyes,” said Sheriff Eric Watson, of Bradley County. “It’s a gain for heaven but it’s a loss for Bradley County.”

Churches shared their condolences with those he leaves behind, and the moving images touched county leaders.

“It makes you tear up, when I saw all the fire trucks go by it really gets you tore up just to see that neighboring counties support each other like that in a time of need,” said Charlotte Peak-Jones, a Bradley County commissioner.

His loss creates a void that cannot be filled for many.

“He worked for free. He volunteered for free at the fire department and rescue,” said Watson. “He saved many people’s lives and he was a mentor to their young people as well.”

As his family buries Varnell at Mt. Carmel, local leaders wanted to share a message.

“We are all thinking about them. They are in our prayers, and we’re here for them if they need support,” said Peak-Jones.

At least five fire companies surrounding Bradley County and nearby Georgia counties came for the funeral. He volunteered at Station 3 for 22 years.

Companion Funeral Home has not announced arrangements for Brewer.

By Briona Arradondo

Brockton MA Police K-9 “Gomo” Laid to Rest (12-21-11)

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Over 30 police departments from throughout southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod attended a funeral service for fallen Brockton, Massachusetts police K-9 “Gizmo”. The service was held on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

Brownsville student killed in Matamoros laid to rest

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A Brownsville Rivera High School student, killed in a car crash in Matamoros, was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon.

Family, friends and coaches wore jerseys with Juvenal Torres’ nickname and number in memory of the teen.

Hundreds of students showed up in Brownsville to pay their final respects to Juvenal Torres or as they knew him “Juvy”.

Friends close to him say he left them too young and that life will miss out on a great person.

Gilbert Santos and Robby Rivera, who grew up with Juvenal “Juvy” Torres, said it was hard for them to accept they were attending their friend’s funeral Wednesday.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Santos. “Still I don’t believe it.”

“You don’t want to process it,” said Rivera. “Your mind doesn’t want to process it.”

It was a full house at Christ Church of the Valley in Brownsville as family, Rivera High School students, football players, teachers and coaches from around the valley gathered for a final good bye to Torres.

Authorities there told Action 4 News that the teen driver Juvenal was with was speeding when he lost control and crashed into a concrete post five blocks south of the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge.

These loving friends said they want their life-long friend to be remembered for the person he was in life.

“it’s real hard to believe especially because it was him, he was an amazing person, he had a big heart, gave his best in all that he did, never backed down from a challenge,” said Santos. “He was just “Juvy” and he was always smiling always positive….If you were down he’d go try and make you happy.”

The procession passed by Rivera High School where students there waited outside to pay their respects to Juvenal Torres.

It then proceeded to Guillen Cemetery where he laid to rest.