The following eulogy was given at the memorial service for Deputy Chief Marvin Day by Chaplain Royce Powell

 

THE PATCH


Scripture: II Timothy 4:6-8

6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.


The Bible describes, at the time of Paul's death, he declares he is ready to depart. Paul says he has been in a great battle, and in a planned course aspiring to a vision for his future.

This patch is worn by the members of The Chattanooga Fire Department. I have been to many of the cities of our country, and none have a fireman's patch as beautiful as ours. If you look at our patch I want to make an analogy of it with the scripture I just read.

In the center of our patch is a cannon on Lookout Mountain viewing a great city with a river flowing from it. (New Jerusalem - River Of Life). This cannon reminds of the tremendous battle of the Civil War. This is our battle of life in which we are called to be engaged in for our Lord if we are to reach the city where the river of life's waters flow. As Paul viewed his future we are to drink of the water of life freely. Jesus invited all, when he became a man, to come and drink this water, Jesus said would quench our thirst.

Not everyone lives near or has access to the river, but if you look on our patch in the left hand side is a fire hydrant. These are located all over our city. They, the hydrants, have been installed and serviced by men like Chief Day in the Chattanooga Fire Department and others, in order that every person can have the benefit and protection of the great river. No one is excluded from the water of life because of the dedication and work of many good persons like Chief Day. The River in our patch, and in real fact, makes a big U. Telling us this is for YOU my friend to have a drink.

On the right of our patch is a ladder and a pike's pole. The ladder reminds us of Jacob's Ladder in the Bible which our Lord likens to himself to make it possible for lowly man to climb from this troubled world to the heights of the Great City. The Pike's Pole is used to remove obstructions and clear the way for the firemen. This reminds us that most of us will probably go as Chief Day has through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death. We need fear no evil for God will use his rod and staff to comfort us, and lead us safely home.

No one I know faced death with any more courage than Chief Day. This word, courage, is on top of our patch. In his time Chief Day fulfilled his duty as did the Apostle Paul. This word too, duty, is located at the bottom of patch.

We lay to rest today our friend and beloved brother. He wore this patch that many of you wear today. Wear it proudly, do it honor, as it means a great deal to me and all it represents.

God Bless you all through Jesus Christ our Lord.




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