Monticello man killed in wreck last week
The bond among firemen is as strong as their willingness to put themselves in harms way to serve their communities.
An unknown fire critic once wrote, “If you were to take a firefighter and strip them of their badge, remove their turnout gear, peel their skin back, and remove the organs, the brotherhood is that small fire that continues to burn inside of them.”
The meaning of those words, of that “brotherhood,” were evident Sunday when members of the firefighters’ family across the Southeast Arkansas Region, convened in Monticello to pay their last respects to a fallen “brother”.
Early Thursday morning, Caleb Read Satterlee, a 24-year old Pine Bluff firefighter from Monticello, was killed on U.S. 425 near the Drew-Lincoln County line when the wet road conditions made him lose control of the white Chevy pickup he was driving, spinning him into the southbound lane where he collided with an 18-wheeler.
The Monticello Fire Department, the Drew County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police all responded to the accident and Satterlee was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Kurtis Shepherd, 27, also of Monticello, was not injured.
According to Pine Bluff Fire Chief Shauwn Howell, Satterlee had been a full-time firefighter since February 2011 and was working to become a certified Hazardous Materials Technician.
“Caleb will be truly missed,” Howell said. “Our thoughts are with his wife Amy, family and friends.”
As part of the ‘Firefighter’s Funeral,’ Satterlee’s body was transported from Stephenson and Dearman Funeral Home to Oakland Cemetery aboard one of the very fire engines that he used to serve the Pine Bluff community. Riding with the casket were the members of the Pine Bluff Fire Department Station One, who were considered to be his “brothers”.
A ‘Firefighter’s Funeral’ can consist of all or parts of the following: the use of apparatus, pallbearers, a color guard, a funeral detail composed of fire personnel in Class A uniforms, badge shrouds, bagpipers, a bell service, often referred to as “Last Alarm” or “Last Call”, a bugler, crossed ladders at the entrance to the cemetery, a fire engine caisson, an honor guard and station/vehicle bunting.
Fire department and first responder vehicles from Monticello, White Hall, Pine Bluff, and Conway were involved in the procession to the cemetery.