Newtown Funeral: Firemen Salute 7-Year-Old Who Never Got to Be One of Them

Funeral procession for Daniel Barden, 7 (and Daniel, inset)

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updated 12/20/2012 AT 8:05 AM ET

originally published 12/20/2012 AT 8:20 AM ET

Daniel Barden of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., wanted to be a fireman when he grew up – only the 7-year-old doesn’t get to grow up.

Honoring the first-grader at Daniel’s funeral Wednesday at Saint Rose of Lima Church was an honor guard of 100 uniformed firefighters from New York City and Connecticut’s Simsbury, New London, Lyme and elsewhere, reports the Connecticut Post.

Their entire number flanked both sides of the driveway of the church and stood at attention as Daniel’s grief-stricken family rode by in the funeral procession. Bagpipes played “America the Beautiful.”

Daniel, who played soccer and swam on the Newtown Torpedoes swim team, received a fireman’s funeral.


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