Fallen firefighter remembered at memorial weekend
Though he's left this world, the memory of the late Jared Moore -- a Fairmount Township Fire Department firefighter who died last December -- lives on.
Earlier this month friends, former colleagues and family members traveled to Emmittsburg, Md., for a memorial weekend dedicated to firefighters who died in the line of duty. The Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted the memorial weekend for the families of those lost in the line of duty the previous year.
Jared Moore was a 19-year-old volunteer fireman who was killed in a two-vehicle accident while en route to an automobile accident in December 2004.
A biography of Moore was read on the memorial weekend's closing day. Moore's story was chosen from among 111 men and women who'd lost their lives in the name of service.
"Although Jared's time as a firefighter was short, we are thankful he was able to know the honor and privilege of serving on his department in his short life," the biography read. "It gave him direction, camaraderie, maturity and pride -- both in this community and in himself. He loved his fellow firefighters, life, family and he loved his department."
His parents, Richard and Marlene Moore, of Basehor, commended the firefighters foundation for bringing grieving families together.
"This foundation is truly a group of unsung heroes themselves," Marlene Moore said. "They were willing to do any and everything to help us have an enjoyable weekend. I have never known of an organization providing such a beautiful service to grieving families; there was so much support and honor.
"For the first time in a long time we felt like Jared died for something with meaning. They felt our pain, shared our loss and honored our son."
The weekend memorial began with an opening ceremony that included music titled, "There are Angels Among Us," and pictures of the fallen public servants.
Later in the weekend, family members met with other family members.
"Fathers met with fathers, mothers with mothers, brothers with brothers, etcetera," Marlene said. "Each group had a grief counselor to facilitate.
"Although no one knew each other before we started, we each knew the pain the others in the room were feeling. Sharing the stories of how we lost our sons, their love of firefighting and the tremendous loss to our families and to ourselves was more therapeutic that I can describe."
Jared Moore was represented throughout the weekend by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Caryn Moore, former fire department chaplin Richard Nemchik and Jeremy Whited and Gaylyn Gorup of Fairmount Township.