Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums

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HONOR GUARD

As with a lot of departments across the country, after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Lewisville Fire Department felt it was time to organize a “formal” Honor Guard to honor it’s own in the event of a tragedy as well as paying tribute to our profession. Honor Guards are called upon to perform a variety of functions, including parades, opening ceremonies, retirement ceremonies, and funerals for fallen fire and emergency personnel.  

While this sounds simple enough, it may help to understand the how’s and why’s of Honor Guards by breaking down the actual name. Honor is a word that means “special esteem or respect” The word Guard simply means “a body of persons who form an escort, or perform drills at ceremonies” Individually, these words have simple meanings. Joined together, they make a statement. An Honor Guard shows respect and special esteem to a person or event, while watching over them.  The Lewisville Fire Department Honor Guard is very active across the state helping with many events from funerals to award ceremonies.

The Lewisville Fire Department Honor Guard is involved with the Texas State LODD Task Force (Line Of Duty Death) and the North Texas Honor Guard Association. We maintain one of the LODD task Force trailers used for Line of Duty Death Ceremonies.  The trailer has everything needed to organize a firefighter funeral and assist the affected department. Our team motto is “Keeping Tradition Alive”. 

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LEWISVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT PIPES AND DRUMS

The Pipes and Drums started with some very dedicated individuals who liked the idea of bringing a piece of Fire Department tradition to the Lewisville Fire Department. Captain Damion Roberts is our Pipe Major.  Pipers are Gary Apple, Todd Carruthers, Conrado Martinez, and Brandon Cook.  Drummers are Chris Lawler, Mark Murphree, Conrado Martinez, Austin McKitrick, Dustin Bortzfield, Jeremy Jones, Aaron Hernandez, and Seth Day.

The group was given bi monthly instruction by Don Shannon who has been described as one of “Ireland’s premier musical ambassadors”. It takes a large commitment since they need to practice approximately 30 minutes to an hour each day. That practice paid off on October 2005 when the pipers made their debut at the Annual Fire Department Awards Banquet.  Since then, the Pipes and Drums play at numerous City functions and perform in parades.    

The kilt they wear is a tribute to Retired Captain Butch Flanagan. It is called the Offaly tartan and represents the county in Ireland where the O’Flanagans originated. The colors are black, navy blue, green, and red with a small gold stripe. The uniform is in a traditional military style worn by most fire department pipe and drum bands.