Funeral services for Sturgis Assistant Fire Chief David Fischer, who died while fighting a blaze in Tilford last week, are now scheduled for Saturday in Sturgis.The services will take place at Sturgis Brown High School at 1: P.M., and will be followed by burial services at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
At the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, where David Fischer’s body has been temporarily placed, a changing of the honor guard, standing watch at the Chapel entrance, takes place every ten minutes. The guard is being maintained for 24 hours a day until the funeral on Saturday.
Members of firefighter units from across the area have volunteered to maintain the post.
Such honors are an expression of the respect.
“Firefighter Fischer lost his life in the line of duty. He lost his life doing one of the most noble things that an individual can do,” said Jim Bussel of the Rapid City Fire Department. “And he made the supreme sacrifice. And so paying respect to David Fischer and his family is the least that we can do.”
The commander of the honor guard says the word camaraderie among firefighters is an understatement, especially at a time such as this.
“He has touched so many lives in not only this community but region wide and state wide and the community has responded,” said Scott Jungck the Honor Guard Commander.
Fischer was a member of the South Dakota National Guard for 23 years. Volunteers from Guard units from around the state are also volunteering for the honor guard duty, and will also serve in similar roles during his funeral.
Following the funeral, a procession will lead from Sturgis Brown High School to the Black Hills National Cemetery, where his remains will be laid to rest.