Retired firefighter escorted to cemetery on fire truck
Fred Trouth is the first firefighter to receive a last ride.
Craig Fire/Rescue crews honored the retired firefighter Tuesday afternoon by escorting him on a fire truck to Craig Cemetery after a funeral service at Grant Mortuary.
“Dad loved the fire department. (The last ride) would put a smile on my father’s face from one end to the other,” said Trouth’s daughter, Linda Redmon. “To get one last ride would really make him happy.”
This is the first time a family has accepted a last ride offer, said Fire Chief Chris Nichols. The service is extended only to 20-year veterans of the department.
“We’re doing this out of respect for his years of service to the district,” Nichols said. “This is the least we can do to recognize him.”
Trouth was born June 27, 1927, in Chicago. He lived in Baggs, Wyo., and Great Divide before settling in Craig.
He was a carpenter and owner of Trouth Construction. He worked for the Moffat County School District for 10 years as the director of the maintenance department.
“He was a person who was always giving to the community,” Redmon said.
Trouth served with the fire department from 1960 to 1980. Redmon recalls her father falling through a building roof while extinguishing a downtown fire. Trouth was not injured.
Her father always wore his fire hat cocked to the left, and he loved fighting fires, she said.
“This was an important part of his life,” Redmon said. “He helped so many of his dear friends and family, and even people he didn’t know.”
Trouth, 78, died Friday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. His wife, Phyllis Trouth, and son, Steven Trouth, preceded him in death.
He raised Steven’s son, Todd Trouth, after Steven’s death.
Redmon lives in Craig and her sister, Pam Brenner, lives in Steamboat Springs.
At Grant Mortuary, Fire/Rescue crews placed Trouth’s casket on the top of Engine 4 and drove him to Craig Cemetery with lights and sirens.
Trouth was a member of Craig Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Nichols said he did not know Trouth but wanted to honor his two decades of service to the department with a final ride on a first-responder truck.
“Most of the current firefighters believe this is something we would all want, as well,” Nichols said.
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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