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Firefighters say goodbye to one of their own

Posted: Monday, Apr 1st, 2013

A hearse carrying the casket of David Williams, who served as assistant fire chief at Watsonville Fire Department, rolls slowly along Main Street Monday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — In a somber memorial Monday, a fleet of Watsonville firefighters and city officials bade farewell to David Williams, who joined WFD in 1965 and spent the next 34 years working for the city.

Williams, 70, died March 25 after battling cancer.

The memorial began in the Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, where numerous people stopped by to pay their respects. Williams’ casket was then carried out to a waiting Hearse to begin a procession that included two antique fire engines and dozens of other vehicles, all of which at one point passed under a giant American flag held aloft over Main Street by a WFD ladder truck.

The procession was watched by a cadre of city workers, who came out of their Main Street offices to pay their respects.

Retired WFD Capt. Ron Rackley described Williams as a “great guy” with a good sense of humor.

For the complete article see the 04-02-2013 issue.

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