Ladder trucks from Winona Lake and Turkey Creek Fire Territory draped the American flag across Main Street in downtown Milford on Friday, July 31, in honor of Milford volunteer firefighter Mitchell Price.
Text and Photos By Keith Knepp, Tim Ashley, Nicholette Carlson, Phoebe Muthart and Deb Patterson InkFreeNews
MILFORD — Friday afternoon downtown Milford took on a somber tone as lifetime area resident Mitchell J. Price made his final call as a Milford volunteer firefighter. The 10-42 call commemorating Price and his 31 years as a community servant was made shortly before 3 p.m. with Price’s casket ensconced within the department’s utility truck in front of the Milford Fire Station.
Following the funeral service at New Life Christian Church & World Outreach in Warsaw, Price’s body was escorted up SR 15, making a right turn at CR 900W before heading into Milford on Old SR 15.
Dozens of citizens, fellow fire fighters from several area departments and workers at numerous Milford businesses, including CTB, where Price worked, lined the streets of town to pay their final respects.
Fire trucks from Syracuse and Winona Lake raised their ladders into the bright July sky to fly an enormous American flag across the intersection of Main and Emeline streets, one block north of the fire station. Many people riding in the funeral procession seemed in awe of the many people, both familiar and unfamiliar, came out to honor Price.
The procession continued up Main Street, turning left onto Syracuse Street on its way to Milford Cemetery, on CR 50 West, which will be Price’s final resting place.
A procession of personal cars and trucks followed the numerous fire and police vehicles up Old State Road 15 on the way to Milford Fire Department.
The turnout gear of Milford volunteer firefighter Mitch Price sits beneath a half-mast flag in front of the Milford Fire Department.
The utility truck owned by Milford Fire Department escorted the body of Mitch Price from New Life Christian Church & World Outreach in Warsaw to the Milford Cemetery on Friday, July 31.
A procession of fire vehicles led the way up Milford’s Main Street ahead of the body of Mitch Price, a 31-year veteran of the fire department.
Family of Milford firefighter Mitch Price stand in silence as he received his 10-42 final call from local fire dispatch.
Numerous Milford firefighters and their families came to the fire station on Friday, July 31, to pay their respects to their colleague, Mitch Price, who died at age 51.
Employees from Brock Manufacturing stopped work to honor their co-worker.
Employees at Brock Manufacturing line the streets to honor their co-worker.
Mitch Price’s hearse approaches Milford Cemetery during Friday’s funeral procession.
The fire truck carrying Mitch Price’s casket approaches the burial site.
Members of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department enter the cemetery.
Friends and family members gather at Milford Cemetery on Friday, July 31, for Mitch Price’s funeral.
Mitch Price’s casket is carried into place at Milford Cemetery.
The Winona Lake Honor Guard rings the last bell for Mitch Price.
Price’s flag is folded.
“Amazing Grace” is played by the bagpipe player during Price’s funeral.