SVFD to honor Firefighter Dan Patterson with Line of Duty Death Funeral Protocol
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Valley Fire Department is sad to share the news of the passing of Firefighter Dan Patterson on August 4.
Firefighter Patterson suffered a cardiac arrest on July 21st shortly after going off shift.
“It is with heartfelt sadness that I share the news of Dan’s passing,” said SVFD Fire Chief Frank Soto Jr. “Know that his personal family and his Firefighter Family were with him during his passing. Dan was a big presence for many of us—even for me in my short time here. I have watched the shares of ‘remember to be kind to each other like Dan, hug each other like Dan, and tell each other you love them…like Dan’ and hope in the days to come, and as time passes, this sentiment remains within us all. We need it every day.”
Firefighter Patterson has been at Sacred Heart Medical Center since July 21 on life support where family, friends, and members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department have stood by his side. Firefighter Patterson was taken off life support on Monday, August 1. He gave his last service as an organ donor to help those with medical needs.
“Firefighter Patterson will be missed by all who knew him and by those who knew of him,” said SVFD Captain and Local 876 President Shawn Pichette. “He was a great man who loved serving others. His wish was for a kinder world where more love was shown every day to the people you knew and the people who crossed your path.”
Patterson will be honored with the Line of Duty Death Funeral Protocol on Wednesday. The SVFD expects the route will be lined with friends, family, and other emergency responder departments. SVFD asks that drivers be respectful and aware of a larger than normal number of pedestrians in the area.
Here is the route that will be taken:
- North on Argonne from Euclid
- 6.1 miles Left Peone
- 8.2 miles Cross railroad tracks
- 8.4 miles Right Market
- 8.9 miles Left Farwell
- 10.5 miles Farwell turns to Hastings
- 12.0 miles Land at Calvary church Package will turn into church parking lot underneath Flag and crossed ladders
The procession will leave SVFD Fire Station 2 at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at Calvary Chapel approximately between 11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Out of respect for the family’s wishes, it is asked that only family, SVFD personnel, and emergency responders from other departments attend the funeral service.
Patterson’s family thanked the community for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support they have received over the past few weeks, as it has been a very emotional, sad, and difficult time for everyone.
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