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Two Fired for Leaving Veteran's Coffin During Doughnut Run

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 04:19 PM

Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman, 84, a decorated veteran who served a tour in Korea and two in Vietnam, was left in his coffin on the way to his funeral, in a hearse, outside a Dunkin' Donuts in New Port Richey, Florida, while the drivers popped inside for doughnuts and coffee.

When passer-by Rob Carpenter saw Coleman's flag-draped coffin inside the hot hearse, he went ballistic, videotaped the scene, informed a local veterans group and confronted the driver, Mediaite reported.

"It's very upsetting and very disrespectful to this soldier and their family," Carpenter told WFLA-TV.

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He approached the driver and asked, "'Is this a real body here?' He said yes. I said, 'You've got a dead soldier in the back of your hearse and you're stopping to get coffee?' He didn't say anything," WFLA reported.

Lauren Price of New Port Richey Veteranwarriors told WFLA, "None of our brothers and sisters ever deserves to be an afterthought, and if it's an imposition to transport one of our brothers and sisters to their final rest, then the person who is doing that transport should be in a different business."

Jim Rudolph, owner of Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, Florida, agreed, and told WFLA, "We're proud of what we do. We love our customers. If you can't understand that, you really can't work here." He fired the two drivers.

One of the drivers later contacted WFLA, writing, "I have dedicated all of my life to serving our veterans and their families. On that morning, we had gotten up at 4:00 to be able to be on the road by 7. We had not eaten since the night before and not knowing what traffic we would encounter, we were on our way…I decided to run in to the donut shop to grab a donut to tide us over."

He insisted that the motor was left running and he was at the doughnut shop for no more than three minutes.

"Never, ever, was it intended to cause detriment to the family we were serving or disrespect to a fallen hero," the driver wrote. "Our lives are now ruined because of a donut. God forgive me. We now have no means of income because of a donut and being human."

Rudolph posted on the Veteranwarriors Facebook page, "What they did was wrong and clearly goes against Veterans Funeral Care's protocol. More importantly, their actions were hurtful, disrespectful and insensitive to all veterans."

Coleman is to be buried in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

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Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman, 84, a decorated veteran who served a tour in Korea and two in Vietnam, was left in his coffin on the way to his funeral, in a hearse, outside a Dunkin' Donuts in New Port Richey, Florida, while the drivers popped inside for doughnuts and coffee.
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