Ga. first responders escort dying Atlanta firefighter
NEWNAN, Ga. - Dozens of first responders in Georgia helped fulfill an Atlanta firefighter's dying wish as they escorted him from the hospital to his home in Forsyth County, where he will receive hospice care. Frank Martinez, 45, has battled Stage 4 cancer for several years and doesn't have much longer to live, his co-worker, Cortez R. Stafford, said.
Martinez is a six-year member of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Squad 4, and his last wish was to see the new Squad 4 apparatus, which was put into service just a few weeks ago.
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Led by the new equipment, members of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, the Atlanta Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and other local fire rescue departments went to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Regional Medical Center in Newnan Wednesday afternoon.
They formed a procession that traveled along I-85 North, through the city and up Georgia 400 North to his home. "Atlanta Fire will also have apparatuses along the route on bridges as they pass through downtown," Stafford said.
The trip was broadcast over public safety radios in honor of Martinez.
Firefighter Martinez has a wife and two boys. He has been with the department since 2007.