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Chief McDonald's family full of gratitude

Date published: 8/10/2014

Chief McDonald's family full of gratitude

The family of Battalion Chief John "Johnny Mac" McDonald would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the community, Stafford Fire & Rescue, Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, Stafford Sheriff's Office, Naval District Washington Fire Department, Emerald Society, Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, Strength and Honor Motorcycle Club, Mount Ararat Baptist Church and Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

We also want to thank the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Fallen Firefighters Local Assistance State Team, the U.S. Navy representatives and ceremonial guard, the Stafford Hospital Board of Supervisors, as well as countless fire and rescue personnel from across the country, friends, family and so many others who have shown support to our family during this time.

We are deeply touched by the outpouring of people who attended the ceremonies and lined the streets as our beloved Johnny Mac proceeded to the cemetery and sent notes, brought meals, made phone calls and supported our family in numerous ways.

The impact he had on so many lives will continue to be his legacy. We thank each and every one of you for the outpouring of love you have shown to us during this time. We will continue to grieve Johnny Mac for a long time, but it is helpful knowing that we are not alone.

Chief John McDonald passed away in the line of duty on May 30 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, at one of his fire stations. He was an active life member of Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, where he began his 40-year career in the fire service and was a former chief after serving in the U.S. Navy.

His funeral, held on June 6, was attended by more than 1,000 and included a 4-mile processional to his full military honors interment at Quantico National Cemetery.

Katie Supples