On October 1st. and October 3rd., Chief Vestraci was laid to rest after a long Fire Service Career.
On Monday, October 1st., The Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
conducted a Fire Department Memorial Service at the Brumsfield Funeral home. This was lead
by Chief Chaplain Hetz and President Mark Trader.
On Wednesday, a procession left from Brimsfield Funeral home to Chief Vestraci’s final resting
place, Cheltenham Veteran’s Cemetery. We arrived to crossed ladders from 29 Truck and Truck 9
from the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department and additional members from the Silver Hill V.F.D.
and other departments.
Chaplain Margaret Ann Hamilton officiated the service and two Members of the U.S. Army conducted
a Military ceremony and presented a U.S. Flag to Mrs. Catherine Vestraci.
The Family of Joseph W. Vestraci, Jr. thanks all who were involved in the Fire Department Funeral.
Joe had wanted a Fire Department Funeral and we were very glad to accomplish that.
Please keep the Vestraci Family in your thought’s and Prayers and keep in touch with them occasionally.
The Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad, Inc. thanks all of the members and other departments,
the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters,
The Pierce Damewood Chapter. The Clinton, Brandywine and the Indian Volunteer Fire Departments
Maryland International Raceway and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department for their help with the
funeral service and their support.
Chief Vestraci’s wife Cathy was presented the Meritorious award from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.
This was recently established by Fire Chief Barkesdale and was presented by Deputy Chief James McLellend.
Chief Vestraci was the first recipient of this award !