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Funeral For The Blacks

September 27, 2006, 10:00 PM by Angela Kennecke

Funeral For The Blacks
Family, friends and firefighters gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to Linda and Jerry Black. Black killed his wife, set their home on fire and then turned the gun on himself. 

Sioux Falls Fire Chaplin Harold Pardew attempted to comfort the large crowd, searching for answers. 
They came wearing many uniforms, fire, police and EMTS. The people, who are used to taking control in most any situation, now find themselves helpless and hurting. 

Sioux Falls Fire Chaplain Harold Pardew says, "There are those among us, who are very angry about this. We loved him, why did he do this? He had so much to look forward to. We don't know." 

Linda Black was an avid horseback rider. Her favorite saddle sat on one side of the altar.



Jerry's fireman hat was on the other with his son Jayme looking on.



Much of today's message was aimed directly at firefighters who may find it difficult to express their feelings. 

Pardew says, "Find somebody to talk to. There are four fire chaplains, it might be one of us. It might be somebody else, but (find) somebody." 

The chaplain encouraged people to support each other in this tough time. And through the darkness of this situation there may be a ray of light. 

Pardew says, "Maybe it's this spark, this day, this event that might make a difference in our lives, a positive difference. We are not to judge.  God is to judge." 

The fire department has counselors on hand to help firefighters cope with the murder-suicide.

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