BROADVILLE, Ill. – The families of 109 fallen first responders were served in 2012 by Commemorating First Responders, a philanthropic program of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc, according to a news release. The program, which was introduced in April 2012, donates burial vaults and urns and a graveside service to first responders who have died in the line of duty.
Families of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel receive, at no charge, a Wilbert Stainless Steel Triune burial vault when traditional burial is chosen. If cremation is chosen, Wilbert offers families a choice from four high-quality urns; if the cremated remains are to be buried, a Stainless Steel Triune urn vault is also provided. Each vault comes with a Wilbert Legacy Custom personalized carapace, donated by Legacy Prints, one of WFSI's vendor partners.
The nearly 200-strong network of Wilbert licensees share in the contribution of the vault and urn, but also provide, where permitted, a WilbertWay™graveside setup. The display of the personalized carapace on the vault cover at the graveside adds to the commemoration of the fallen hero. The final sealing and lowering of the vault is also part of the WilbertWay service.
In 2012, the program served a diverse range of fallen first responders across the U.S.
"The First Responder community has been extremely appreciative of the help the Wilbert network is providing to the families who are experiencing a line of duty death," said Terry Whitlock, WFSI executive vice president. "Information about the program is spreading thanks to the assistance of Concerns of Police Survivors and National Fallen Firefighters who have assisted families in their time of need and witnessed families' reactions when told that Wilbert is donating a burial vault or cremation product."
The funeral professionals who provide the service to the families also play a vital role in the success of the Commemorating First Responders program, according to the news release. WFSI invites funeral professionals and others to contact a Wilbert licensee or visit www.wilbert.hmsbox.com/responders to learn how to participate in this program commemorating heroic lives, sacrificed in valiant service to local communities.
Posted Jan. 10