U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A longtime Lehigh County firefighter was laid to rest Thursday after decades of service. But before he was put in his final resting place, his fire company and loved ones honored him in a special way.
The men and women of Good Will Fire Company No. 1 of Trexlertown carried out Chief Emeritus Forrest Hausman draped in the American flag.
Hausman was 85 and served the Upper Macungie Township community for 60 years, longer than anyone. Fellow Chief Emeritus Arlan Wright was with him for 54 of them.
"He was one of a kinda a mentor to myself and everybody who has been here and is still here," Wright said.
Hausman worked his way up from junior fireman to Chief and had one particular obsession.
"He was very active around the fire station as far as cleaning the station," Wright said. "He would be on the lawnmower mowing the grass. He'd be outside in the parking lot picking up all the debris that was left."
And he always had one thing with him-his pipe.
"He'd just grab it and you'd see him out at the call and he'd have his corn cob pipe hanging out of his mouth. He was very dedicated to that," Wright said.
Following his funeral service, a Firemen’s Procession led Forrest back to the firehouse, with his buddy Arlen leading in the very car Forrest used to drive.
Hausman was honored with the traditional sounding of bells, his wife Joanne was presented with an American flag, and and he was given one last call.