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Former chief laid to rest

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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A funeral procession of 12 fire trucks wound through Monett on Wednesday honoring Jim Nolan, retired Monett fire chief who died on Jan. 5. Nolan started in the fire department in 1959, one of three full-time firemen and nine volunteers. He became chief in May 1976 and retired in July 1993. Firefighters, family and friends filled the Bennett-Wormington Chapel for the funeral. The procession, shown above, included trucks from the city, Monett Rural, Aurora, Freistatt, Purdy, Pierce City Rural, Mt. Vernon and Wheaton departments. Nolan's flag-draped casket rode on the #2 pumper which Nolan personally drove to Monett from the factory in Wisconsin. Monett firemen served as casketbearers and did not wear neckties in deference to Nolan's view of ties. Monett dispatchers read a traditional broadcast retiring Nolan's service, similar to those broadcast at the funerals of Officer Chuck Rinehart and firefighter Bryan Deffendahl. Nolan's grandson, Brandon Pennington, rang the bell on the fire truck to mark the end of Nolan's duties. [Times Photos by Murray Bishoff] [Order this photo]
A funeral procession of 12 fire trucks wound through Monett on Wednesday honoring Jim Nolan, retired Monett fire chief who died on Jan. 5. Nolan started in the fire department in 1959, one of three full-time firemen and nine volunteers. He became chief in May 1976 and retired in July 1993. Firefighters, family and friends filled the Bennett-Wormington Chapel for the funeral. The procession, shown above, included trucks from the city, Monett Rural, Aurora, Freistatt, Purdy, Pierce City Rural, Mt. Vernon and Wheaton departments. Nolan's flag-draped casket rode on the #2 pumper which Nolan personally drove to Monett from the factory in Wisconsin. Monett firemen served as casketbearers and did not wear neckties in deference to Nolan's view of ties. Monett dispatchers read a traditional broadcast retiring Nolan's service, similar to those broadcast at the funerals of Officer Chuck Rinehart and firefighter Bryan Deffendahl. Nolan's grandson, Brandon Pennington, rang the bell on the fire truck to mark the end of Nolan's duties. [Times Photos by Murray Bishoff]



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