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Fallen Firefighter Hennessey Saluted Along Freeway Ride

Learn details of fireman Greg Hennessey's funeral memorial here.

This photo shows the procession along with the bridge tribute to firefighter Greg Hennessey. Credit Joe Greeninger
This photo shows the procession along with the bridge tribute to firefighter Greg Hennessey. Credit Joe Greeninger

When the body of fireman Greg Hennessey, 49, was transported Wednesday morning north on the 5 freeway, fellow firefighters took the chance to salute him from overpasses along the drive.

Hennessey's body was being driven from the mortuary to the coroner's office for an autopsy and back, Orange County Fire Authority Division Chief Kris Concepcion said.

Hennessey died Monday of a heart attack inside Fire Station 45 at 30131 Aventura in Rancho Santa Margarita despite a quick effort to revive him, according to an OCFA statement.

Patch readers first spotted the procession along the Mission Viejo overpasses at Alicia and Los Alisos. Reader Kristen Pearson described four SUVs and a blue and white van, followed by a large fire engine with hazard lights on.

The procession continued north into Irvine, with firefighters saluting the procession on two out of every three bridges, she said.

"It was very touching," she said.

A public memorial for Hennessey is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. inside Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. The memorial was scheduled to give Hennessey's out-of-state family time to make travel accommodations, Concepcion said.

Hennessey, who lived in Trabuco Canyon, is survived by his mother Virginia, wife Deanna and two sons, Ryan, 22, and Brandon, 19.

C M January 24, 2014 at 01:00 PM
I think that public servants deserve every possible respect and I'm not worried whether the firefighters were on the clock or not. If there was an emergency I have every confidence that they would have packed up and responded to that call without delay. I do, however, have to agree with Mike. The timing could have been better arranged. There will, of course, be people affected no matter what time the event takes place, but the number of affected could be minimized. The timing was terrible.. absolutely terrible. I will add that since this was a round trip to the coroners office and back, I doubt there was much thought given to the fact that there would be a tribute along the route. These types of tributes are usually for the service.
I like opinions January 24, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Point taken CM and well said. It is to show you the amazing brotherhood/sisterhood these public servants have for another. It inspires me to consider those I know,work with, are in contact and how we all can have that same connection if we tried. God bless you you all st the patch. I appreciate shared opinions even if I don't agree.
Dennis Peck January 29, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Maybe they should have blocked all the lanes of the freeway and had a announcement on the TV and Radio "SIG ALERT" about it; the public could have gone around it at the time. This was inconvenient for a lot of people but that is living in the "BIG CITY"!! MIKE GET A LIFE.

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