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Fallen Firefighter Was Always Protecting Others

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

February 07, 2011

BRIGHTON, MI – For career fireman Ed Weber, safety first wasn’t merely an on-the-job requirement, it was a practice routinely observed on the home front, as well.

Mr. Weber, the former chief of the Birmingham Fire Department and a 30-year veteran of the force, died of brain cancer Jan. 26 at Caretel Inns of Brighton. The Brighton resident was 73.

“He was very emphatic about fire safety around the house and protecting the family,” said his wife of 60 years, Lillian Weber.

As examples, she said he fashioned homemade rope ladders for two grandchildren because their bedrooms were on the second floor. He also always made sure the dryer vent was lint-free and never let her leave the slow cooker plugged in if she was going to be away from home.

“He had seen firsthand the damage that can be done by fire, so naturally, he was always extra cautious,” his wife said.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Weber served two years in the Army prior to becoming an insurance agent with several companies.

After joining the Birmingham force in 1967, Mr. Weber worked his way up the career ladder, becoming a fire marshal and an assistant chief before attaining the rank of chief. He retired in 1997.

An avid golfer and fisherman, Mr. Weber enjoyed pursuing outdoor interests at the family cottage in Caseville, in the Thumb area.

Besides his wife, survivors include his two sons, James and Steven; a sister, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main St., in Brighton. Visitation will precede the service at 1 p.m.

His body will be cremated.