Photo By John Whitaker
Because of an expected large turn out from family, friends and members of dozens of fire services throughout the state, the funeral was held at the HP Pavilion in
FASCV members known to be attending the service were Bruce Dembecki, Mike
Chappell, John Whitaker and John Whiteside. Our Fire Support Unit 2 was brought
to join with dozens of fire rigs in attendance to show their support for the
family and respect for a fellow firefighter. San Jose
The casket was brought to the service atop the San Jose Fire Museum's 1931 Mack fire engine. Its use was requested by the family through Cal Fire and the San Jose Fire Department. The funeral procession left Oak Hill Cemetery, traveled down Monterey Rd. and then proceeded through a gauntlet of fire rigs before entering the HP Pavilion. It was quite a memorable sight as all the rigs had their Code 3 lights activated and the fire crews were standing in salute.
We join with others to extend our deepest condolences to Rob's family, friends and everyone at Cal Fire. RIP Chief Van Wormer.
- John Whitaker's photos from the funeral can be viewed at: Rob Van Wormer
-- Report submitted by John Whitaker