Marietta Fire Department's honor guard was established in 2004. The goal of the honor guard is to add formality in ceremonies and funerals for public safety and to assist neighboring jurisdictions with honor guard services. Currently 13 Marietta fire department personnel from all ranks serve in this capacity. In fact, members of this team recognize no variance in rank; in the interest of uniformity, each has equal standing and serves based on individual strengths. Each member strives to demonstrate compassion, strength and a sense of caring to the families of fallen public safety personnel.
While the honor guard provides service for funeral services and internments, the color guard participates in special events, meetings, and parades.
Fire department honor guard members Steve Ingram, Jason Garner, George McKeehan, Calvin Platt, and Police Officers Jennifer Fryman and Tim Murphy pose with Governor Sonny Perdue.
Members of Marietta Fire Department's color guard lead the 2006 July Fourth parade.
Parade participants return to Fire Station 51 hours after the onset of the parade. Chief Gibbs and members of the department's color cuard manage to look polished in spite of the day's high temperatures.