Jeremy and closure

To the editor: On Monday, Sept. 15, we said farewell to Jeremy Quinn, son, brother, husband, father and friend. His wake on Sunday had been attended by over a thousand people. An honor guard composed of members of the Keene, Keene Valley, and Upper Jay Fire Departments lined the path to the entrance of the funeral home and in shifts by his casket for over four hours as his family, friends, fellow firemen and rescue personnel passed by. Representatives of the Lake Placid Fire Department, in uniform, came by to pay their respects as well. On Monday, St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid was overflowing with mourners. The honor guard was there again, this time joined by DEC Forest Rangers, all aligned along the sidewalk to the church doorway. Later they sat en masse inside during the ceremony, leaving slightly early to again line the sidewalk as the casket and mourners departed. Jeremy was taken by motorcade, led by fire trucks representing the Keene and Keene Valley companies, to his gravesite in Keene; and after the service was over, fire and rescue pagers blared for Jeremy Quinns final call, sent from the Essex County dispatcher. This should have marked the end of it; closure, if you will. But it isnt over. Not for us, the ones who knew him and loved him. Nobody can satisfactorily explain how he got from where his truck was parked to where he died, over a mile away. And nobody can explain why he was on the ledge, from which he fell to his death. True closure will come when these mysteries are solved. Alden Chuck Dumas, Jeremys high school coach, fellow firefighter, and friend

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