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Appreciation of firefighter Austin Bahn support     Send a link to a friend

The Lincoln Fire Department and Firefighters Local 3092 would like to thank the following organizations and everyone who participated or contributed during the funeral of our brother Austin Bahn.

Sherman Fire

Metropolis Fire

Williamsville Fire

Mount Pulaski Fire

Chestnut Fire

Broadwell Fire

Middletown Fire

New Holland Fire

Elkhart Fire

Springfield Fire

Bloomington Fire

Warrensburg Fire

Latham Fire

Atlanta Fire

Lincoln Rural Fire

Atlanta Rescue


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Logan County Paramedics

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home

Lincoln Police Department

Lincoln Street Department

Logan County Sheriff's Department

Chester-East Lincoln students

The Sewing Center

The Award Shop

Union Pacific Railroad

Chestnut Zion Lutheran Church

Lincoln Zion Lutheran Church

Lincoln Christian Church

Illinois State Police

With your help, we were able to commemorate brother Austin's life with a professional firefighter ceremony and peacefully lay him to rest. Austin will be greatly missed.

Bucky Washam, Fire Chief

Lincoln Fire Department

(posted 5-5-04)

Shared empathy for those who lost family in explosion     Send a link to a friend

To the editor:

This is to the families of the plant explosion.

I am the stepson of Glen Lyman. He was one of the four killed.

I know the pain and feel the pain. Words cannot help that pain or be very soothing. I am dealing with it inside of myself.

May you all find peace within yourself, as they say time will heal. My memory keeps Glen alive with the fond memories that I have [of time] that we spent together.

There is no way to try and sort it out or wonder why it had to happen. That is not for us to decide but to be grateful for having the chance of receiving those times together.


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I wanted to let you know that the pain is felt by many others around the world. I have read several articles on that. There are caring people in a world so hateful as we live in. Those that lost their life here are in a world no longer with hate but with love.

They too are awaiting our arrival when the time comes to share the peace they are having now. They are in such peace that we could never fathom such an idea of the extremity of it. We only hear and try to think of what that peace would be like.

To all four of them, their families and loved ones, friends, and co-workers, they are at peace now and you will be too.

Lee Stopher

(posted 4-30-04)

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