The ninth funeral: Kelsey buried among Indiana cornfields

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Mark Kelsey's funeral was held in the high school gymnasium, the casket lying under the "Wall of Champions" where his name is engraved for winning wrestling titles. The service began with the mournful wail of a bagpipe and a boom of thunder and took place to the drone of rain.

More than 300 Indiana firefighters turned out for a service during which Kelsey was posthumously awarded the

Governor's Medal of Valor. The regional firefighters were joined by three dozen Charleston and Ashley River department firefighters, and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.

Riley told the family and townspeople Kelsey and the eight others would inspire the Lowcountry for generations.

"Your son gave his life courageously and heroically to save lives and protect our community," he said.

What an extraordinary drama being played out here in the Lowcountry--and beyond-- in the midst of this tragedy. Read it all.

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Posted June 30, 2007 at 5:33 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]
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