A contingent of Prince George's County Firefighters will depart at midnight tonight to attend funeral services for two Bridgeport, CT Firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty. One of the firefighters, Lt. Steven Velasquez, is a former member of our Department and maintained numerous friendships in this area.
The Prince George's County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, IAFF Local 1619, posted this information on their website:
We ask that everyone keep the Velasquez and Baik families in their hearts, thoughts and prayers. A caravan of Prince George's County Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters will be making the journey to Bridgeport, Connecticut to pay tribute to our fallen Brother. Two vans will be leaving from the Union Hall at Midnight on Friday morning to go to the Funerals in Bridgeport and will return Friday night after the ceremonies. Please give VP Crisman a call at 410-365-2813 to reserve your spot.
Funeral Services are as follows:
Calling hours for the public will be held on Thursday, July 29th for both firefighters:
Lt. Steven Velasquez: 12-4 PM @ Klein Memorial Auditorium. 910 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.
FF Michel Baik: 4-8 PM @ Abriola Funeral Home. 419 White Plains Road in Trumbull. Private funerals will be held separately on Friday afternoon.
The Congregation of Firefighters, a service open to all firefighters, will be held Friday, July 30th at the Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street in Bridgeport after the second funeral service.