Hometown hero laid to rest

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The funeral procession passing under the flag at the Salt Point Fire Company.

PLEASANT VALLEY – Don Cady Sr., 88, was laid to rest on Saturday after a funeral procession including several Dutchess County fire departments escorted him from Pleasant Valley to Upton Lake Cemetery in Clinton Corners.

Cady was a lifelong resident of Pleasant Valley and was involved in many civic activities, including serving 70 years with the Pleasant Valley Fire Department in a variety of roles.

Pleasant Valley Fire Commissioner Melissa Lawlor said, “Don Cady meant so much to so many people and we are all going to miss him dearly.”

The East Clinton, Millerton, Millbrook, Rhinebeck, Castle Point, and Union Vale Fire Departments participated in the funeral procession that made its way through Pleasant Valley, including driving by the first house Mr. and Mrs. Cady owned and the Salt Point firehouse on Cottage Street, where members of his department hung a flag from the ladder truck that the procession passed under.

Mr. Cady was honored as one of Pleasant Valley’s hometown heroes last year.  The account of his accomplishments can be found here.