A memorial service was held Sunday, August 9 in South Dakota at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center for David Ruhl, an engine captain with the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City who was killed while fighting a wildfire in northern California on July 30, 2015.
Before the ceremony a procession of dozens of emergency vehicles escorted his remains and his family and friends to the service, which lasted a little more than an hour and was attended by hundreds of people, many of them firefighters in uniform.
Bagpipes, a traditional part of firefighter funerals and memorial services, were an important part of the ceremony. Below is one example of their work, playing Amazing Grace.
One of the many moving portions of the ceremony was when we heard the last call for Captain Ruhl. There was a simulated recording of Great Plains Dispatch calling him on the radio — but there was no response.
Mr. Ruhl’s funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 520 Cathedral Drive in Rapid City (map). The public is welcome. It will be a traditional Catholic service.
Scott Jacobson, the Public Affairs Officer of the Black Hills National Forest, recorded some video of the procession. He said he could possibly share it on a DVD as early as August 12.