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Wed May 13, 2015, 09:29 AM May 2015

Hearse with veteran's flag-draped coffin left in parking lot outside Pasco Dunkin' Donuts [View all]


Associated Press
Tampa Bay Times
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:54am

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two Florida hearse drivers have been fired after they stopped at a doughnut shop with a flag-draped coffin in the vehicle on the way to a funeral and an outraged man sent a video to a local veterans group.

Multiple news outlets report Rob Carpenter spotted the hearse in the parking lot of a New Port Richey Dunkin' Donuts on Tuesday with its curtains open and the coffin visible.

In the coffin was the body of 84-year-old Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman, a decorated soldier who served in Korea and Vietnam. The hearse was transporting him from Clearwater's Veteran's Funeral Care to his funeral.
Carpenter confronted the driver and sent images to Veteran's Warriors. The group posted the images to Facebook.
Funeral home director Jim Rudolph says he has fired the men.

According to the funeral home's website, Coleman, of Beverly Hills, Fla., died Friday. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1955 in the Quartermaster Corps. He served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam.
Our society, is a lost one. For all this soldier gave, this driver could not wait for a donut until he delivered this soldier to the next point of his final journey. On the heels of Memorial Day. What happened to respect?
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