INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Fire Department pays tribute to a firefighter who died of complications from COVID-19. The IFD says Gerald Brooks will have full honors and “deemed service from death.”
Governor Eric J. Holcomb directs the flags at the Indiana Statehouse and throughout Marion County to be hoisted at half mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday.
Visits for 49-year-olds will take place Thursday (4 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Friday (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) at Grace Apostolic Church at 649 E 22sd Street. There will be service the following Friday immediately. Tours and service will be open to the public.
There will be a procession immediately after the service. limited to designated IFD members, firefighters and their families. It will follow the following route:
- Leave Grace Apostolic Church at 649 E. 22nd St.
- North on College to IFD 31 station
- Continue north to College to 42nd Street.
- West on 42nd Street to Central Ave.
- South on Central Ave to E 22nd St.
- West on E 22nd St. to Stuart Mortuary at 2201 N Illinois
Brooks will be buried Saturday at Springs Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Indiana State Police have graciously volunteered to escort Gerald’s body from the funeral home to the Ohio State Line where it will be collected by State Police. Ohio and Cincinnati Police.
The IFD said the Cincinnati Fire Department, the local Cincinnati Fire Department and the Cincinnati BFA have accepted the task of ensuring that Private Brooks’ burial ceremony provides him with burial honors. appropriate firefighter.
Brooks was appointed to the DFI on March 20, 2000 and was a veteran, serving in the US Air Force before becoming a firefighter.
He has been active with the Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association serving on the board of directors and as a past vice president and secretary.
Brooks is survived by a son who is an elder at North Central High School.
Authorities have confirmed that Brooks is the first DFI firefighter to die of COVID.
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