THE NORTH READING FIRE STATION is draped in black and purple bunting, signifying mourning, and the American flag is at half-staff to honor the memory of Deputy Chief Ralph “Jack” Sweetland and his 40 years of service to his hometown and his three years of service to his country during the Korean Conflict. His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home on May 17 at 11 a.m. with visitation at the funeral home on May 16 from 4-7 p.m. (Maureen Doherty Photo)