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To a Brother, Mentor, Friend and Chief who too many of us was an honorary dad. It is sad to think of a fellow Brother in the Fire Service as what was and what has and what could have. You see the only thing we are asked to do is to pick up where they left off and do the right thing in hope that we can somehow fill some huge boots that are now empty. We must remember and never forget one's dedication, one's sacrifices to the public, to one's family and to us and the lessons taught to us to carry on and keep the faith that our brother is resting in Gods arms and hearing Him say "Welcome home my son in whom I am well pleased". Saying goodbye is never easy no matter how we try to repress our feelings it only makes them worse. We should be celebrating and remembering and let our emotions and joys flow freely. Why should we seek the dead among the living for the Chief lives inside of us and it is only his mortal battle that he no longer is burdened with. His spirit is within us and watching over us every time we rush to another call or we are just sitting around the table remembering the simple things in life he appreciated so much ad reminded us of to never forget. I am not a writer nor am I looking for anything other than having the privilege and honor to celebrate the life of a man who gave his all to his family, to the fire service and his country 110% and nothing less would do. A few people have written some things about Chief that we all feel but find hard to express so take the time to read them. I ask you to remember why we celebrate the life of a brother in the fire service; because it is the highest honor of respect that not only the fire service but all Americans can pay to someone who puts others above themselves and why do it we do it; because "above all else we care".

On behalf of every firefighter in the brotherhood & Sisterhood, we send or deepest sympathies to the members of the University Fire Department and to the Family and Friends of Battalion Chief Phillip E. Rounds.


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