If Henry Bates, Jr., could spend a lifetime fighting fires for his community, his brother and sister firefighters weren’t going to let the coronavirus stop them from honoring his passing.

Bates, who was Cambridge Fire Chief for 26 years, died March 31, 2020, at the age of 93.

Timothy Bates, one of his three sons, said he discussed whether to hold a fire department commemoration with Chief Thomas Gray. Most fire departments are only mustering for fire calls during the coronavirus epidemic, Bates said. “We don’t have to do this,” Bates told Gray. Gray replied. “’No, we have to do this,” Bates recalled.

Members of the village fire department turned out to escort the hearse bearing Bates’ casket from Cambridge Central School to the firehouse on West Main Street. Four of the village’s five trucks were in the procession.

– Fire News photo courtesy of the Glens Falls Post-Star