Shine family donates flag to SFD

By Emily Jarrett

March 30, 2014

More than 40 years ago, members of the Shine family stood in front of what was then Fire Station No. 3, now known as Fire Station No. 2, on West 16th Street. The trio of children — Jerry, Alen and Donna — were there to commemorate their father Ed Shine’s memory with the donation of an American flag for the station after he died from complications from a fire.

On Sunday the Shines returned to Fire Station No. 2 to donate a new flag.

“We donated the first flag when the fire station was just built in memory of our father,” Jerry Shine said. “So when we heard they were tearing down that station and building a new headquarters, Alen thought it would be nice to donate a flag again.”

“We have a soft spot in our hearts for the (Sedalia) Fire Department, once you’re in a fireman’s family, you’re always in the family,” Alen Shine added.

According to archived Democrat reports, SFD Lt. Ed Shine and his crew were fighting a fire on Dec. 3, 1971 at the Cecil’s TV building on South Ohio Avenue when he suffered a heart attack and died a few days later. Shine is one of only three SFD firefighters that have died in the line of duty.

“Firefighter families are forever, and that extends to spouses, children and grandchildren,” said SFD Chief Mike Ditzfeld. “They contacted us a month or two ago about donating the flag in memory of Ed and (Deputy Chief Greg) Harrell and I thought it was a great idea.”

Ditzfeld said he and Harrell had no idea the Shines donated the original station’s flag until just a few weeks ago.

“With us tearing down the old station to make way for our new one, it’s nice that they wanted to take the opportunity to donate the flag again,” Ditzfeld said. “So many guys come and go from the fire station but you’re always part of the SFD family.”

Along with the new flag, a Missouri state flag and a firefighters Local 103 flag will be flown at the station.

“I think we’re feeling very honored that such a big deal was made about us donating the flag to honor our dad,” Jerry said. “We were happy to do it.”