WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — First responders from across the region are in Warren Thursday to say goodbye to the town’s assistant fire chief.
Brian Remy, 66, was one of two men who were shot inside the Italian-American Club last week.
His death sent shockwaves throughout the community. Remy served with the town’s volunteer department for more than 40 years and was well known among residents.
A procession of firefighters lined up outside St. Mary of the Bay Church before heading inside for Remy’s funeral at 10 a.m.
Father Brian Upton said Remy’s loss has created an unmistakable void in the hearts of countless people and that he was always ready to lend a helping hand.
“We will mourn his passing, entrust him to the mercy of God, and gather around those who loved and knew him best to support them and, together with them, honor Brian’s memory,” Upton said.
Manville Fire Chief Robert Bradley said this was a tragic situation that everyone followed closely.
“Normally, at a fire, we hear about it on the radio, so everybody has a heads up, but this kind of caught everybody off guard,” he said.
That’s when the Local Assistant State Team (LAST) comes in to help — a group of first responders and mental health professionals who help the grieving department cope and honor a fallen hero.
The LAST team was among the hundreds of people from across the region who came to pay their respects.
“Firefighting is a brotherhood,” Bradley said. “Once you raise your hand and put on your uniform you can go anywhere or pretty much anywhere in the world and you tell somebody you’re a firefighter, from another fire department, you’re one of their brothers, or one of their sisters if you’re a female firefighter. It’s just a very special bond.”
The funeral procession made its way to the cemetery where at least 100 people are in attendance for his burial.
Wednesday evening, hundreds of first responders, community members, and family gathered at Remy’s wake — a sentiment to how he was loved by many.
Following the wake, a procession in Remy’s honor took over the town’s streets. Firetruck and police vehicles were the only sounds as people lined the street in silence.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Brian Remy Scholarship Fund at Roger Williams University.