Funeral service for Black Eagle fire chief on Friday

Funeral services for Black Eagle Fire Chief Tom Martin will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark. The funeral is open to the public.

A viewing is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. at the arena and the public is invited to attend.

The public is encouraged to line the route of the procession to show their respect and to honor Martin.

Law enforcement from the Great Falls Police Department and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office will provide rolling traffic roadblocks for the procession.

The order of events will be as follows:

Fire department apparatus staging will be at O’Conner Funeral Home, 2425 8th Ave. N.

A procession of fire department apparatus will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will follow this route:

-North on 25th Street North to River Drive North

-West on River Drive North to 15th Street Northeast

-North on 15th Street Northeast to North River Road

-West on North River Road to 10th Street Northeast

-North on 10th Street Northeast to Smelter Avenue

-West on Smelter Avenue Northeast to Central Avenue West

-West on Central Avenue West to 6th Street Northwest

-North on 6th Street Northwest to the West Entrance of the Montana Expo Park.

In a press release, Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department wrote: “We would like to extend our gratitude to the public during this time of mourning. The public outreach has been tremendous. We will continue our service to the community in honor of Chief Martin. We will never forget the sacrifices he made to protect his community and the people of Cascade County.”