Former fire chief is laid to rest
July 18, 2006
The din of Main Street quieted Tuesday, as traffic stopped for blocks to allow three fire trucks to escort the body of former Fire Chief Stan Lauriski to his final resting place.The procession stretched from St. Mary Church to Fifth Street as dozens of cars made their way to the graveside service at Red Butte Cemetery. The lead fire truck, carrying a gray, metallic casket, blared its siren as it guided the procession down the uncharacteristically desolate street.
Lauriski served the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department from 1964 to 1991, becoming chief in 1976. Lauriski’s obituary remembered him as a “great tinkerer” who loved to create, building broadhead arrow points to help his hunting skills. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who loved cycling and archery.”He was my buddy. You couldn’t find a much better person,” said Dan Glidden. “He was just an everyday working man.”Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob remembered Lauriski as a man who “provided consistent and outspoken leadership and has rightfully earned enduring love, admiration and respect from the AVFD.”
Nearly 150 people came to pay their respects, many of them with various local emergency departments. Paramedic patches graced ironed white shirts, and badges from Lauriski’s fellow firefighters shimmered in the sunlight.Members of the Aspen Elks Lodge, where Lauriski was a longtime member, prayed beside the casket. His faults would be forgotten, the prayer read, but his virtues would be recorded “on the tablets of love and memory.”
The Elks, dressed in identical suits, placed forget-me-nots and leaves of ivy on the casket to conclude the ceremony.Others lingered, many placing their hands on the casket as a final farewell.Greg Schreier’s e-mail address is email@example.com.