Procession planned for Warren firefighter
WARREN — Firefighters will hold a funeral procession immediately after services for Warren Fire Lt. Don Beauchene Tuesday at approximately 11:45 a.m., according to Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle.
The procession will begin at North Mar Church near the intersection of East Market Street and North Road, travel south on East Market Street, turning on Main Street and then turning onto South Street in front of the city’s main fire station.
The firetruck carrying his remains will travel under twin ladders. A “Last Alarm Bell” ceremony will take place. His remains then will travel on Elm Road to the Atlantic Street fire station.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 12 firetrucks from different departments expected to take part in the ceremony, according to John Jerina, president of the Warren Professional IAFF Local 204.
Jerina is not sure how many firefighters from other departments will attend because of pandemic restrictions.
Beauchene, who died after developing symptoms of COVID-19, is considered to have died in the line of duty. He and his wife, Michelle, had 10 children, including four adopted children.
A meal train has been established for the family, where donations are being collected to provide meals. The meal train information can be found on the Don Beauchene Facebook page and on the j.saulcampbell&co. Facebook page. Meals can be arranged to be delivered to the family or cash donations may be made, so meals can be purchased.
A group of friends has placed on Facebook a “Don Beauchene Holiday Fund,” which is raising money to be used to provide Don and Michelle Beauchene’s youngest children Christmas presents to help them cope with the loss of their father.
The holiday fund has been organized by Tia Robison, Cassie Poptic and Bill Moneran. Donations may be made through Venmo at Venmo-@Tia-Robison-1 or the Cashapp at Cashapp- $Robison12308.