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Service today for Bradenton fire chief

BRADENTON -- Bradenton Fire Chief Mark Souders will be honored today with a funeral procession and a 2 p.m. public ceremony at Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto.

The procession will leave Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., at 12:30 p.m. and head westbound on Manatee Avenue. It will turn left onto Ninth Street West and head south toward Eighth Avenue West, where Bradenton fire trucks will join. Vehicles will then turn right on Eighth Avenue West and left on 11th Street West, where they will pass Gene Gallo Central Fire Station, the site of Souders’ office.

The procession will turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, left on Ninth Street West and right on Sixth Avenue West toward First Street/U.S. 301. The procession will head north toward the civic center. The main part of the procession will enter the east driveway of the civic center.

Donations may be made to the Bradenton Fire- fighters Association, c/o Bradenton Fire Department, 1010 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton 34205.