Funeral Service for Woman Firefighter Eva Schike
A full honors funeral service was held Monday in Calaveras County for the first woman firefighter in the California Department of Forestry to die in the line of duty.
Monday, September 20, 2004
(ns helicopter) Twenty four year old Eva Schike’s casket was flown to her funeral in the very helicopter she and her elite crew used to travel to wildfires. (fade ns helicopter/fade up ns procession) The chopper flew over a funeral procession which included at least 100 fire trucks. In the town of Murphys, people lined Main Street to pay their respects as the procession passed by. Joe McNerney and his wife Marylou were visiting from the East Coast. McNERNEY :16—We come recently from Rockaway Beach, New York and there were more firemen there than probably any place else that died at the World Trade Center. So this is a very significant event in that it relates to that. (cross fade from ns procession to ns staging area) Thousands of firefighters and civilians attended the funeral ceremony at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. C-D-F Division Chief Phyllis Banducci says the gathering demonstrates the esprit-de-corps of the profession. BANDUCCI :07—We’re also here to support Eva Schike’s family to let her family know that we support them. Chief Banducci down-played Schike’s gender, saying the 400 women in the department think of themselves as firefighters first. BANDUCCI :07—We all take the risks and all take the chances and are aware of the dangers that we come up against everyday in our jobs. Schike died September 12th battling a fire in Sierra. She'll be buried at an undisclosed location. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.