'The firefighter of firefighters': Fire, police crews escort Cody Traber through Spokane

<p><p>Guided by a procession of local fire and law enforcement vehicles, fallen Spokane County Fire District 9 firefighter Cody Traber was transported about 4 miles through town Tuesday to a funeral home in west Spokane. </p></p><p><!–[photoset id=11421]–></p><p><p>Traber, a lieutenant and 18-year firefighter with the district, fell from the Wandermere bridge Thursday while trying to get a better vantage point to spot a reported brush fire in the area of U.S. Highway 395 and Wandermere Road. He died at the scene.</p></p><p><p>“Cody was the firefighter of firefighters,” District 9 Division Chief Bob Shindelar said. “He was a great example of public service … He strived to do well in everything that he did and he would go the extra mile by doing more than what was asked of him.”</p></p><p><p>Tuesday’s procession started at the Spokane County Medical Examiner building on South Spokane Street. A Spokane County Fire District 4 vehicle carried the body of Traber, 41, through Spokane to Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory.</p></p><p><p>Shindelar thanked the community for the respect it gave during the procession.</p></p><p><p>“This loss is being felt by the community as well, and we saw it today,” he said.</p></p><p><p>Once at the funeral home, firefighter pallbearers carried Traber’s U.S. flag-draped casket into the chapel as firefighters, mostly from District 9, lined the walkway outside the funeral home and saluted.</p></p><p><p>Shindelar said additional details about Traber’s memorial service will be provided in the future. A date has not been set. He said the service will be held at a very large venue and will include another procession.</p></p>