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Salute the Badge: Fireman Bret Desh's eternal pendants connect people with lost loved ones

"It allows you to kind of carry them with you and keep them close to your heart if you will."

One firefighter is using fire to his advantage to help preserve the memory of lost loved ones.

"I strive for perfection," said Bret Desh of the Papillion Fire Department.

You can say Desh is around fire quite a bit.

At home, he has a side job making what are called eternal pendants. They're also known as infinity necklaces.

"Just a simple glass rod," Desh said. "I take the glass rod and melt it down into the shape that I want and really form it into what the final product is."

That involves fire to put together.

Inside the pendants are ashes of people who have passed away.

"They're encased in glass. That glass isn't going to degrade, it's not going to yellow and it's not going to change over time."

Desh tells FOX 42 this entire process usually takes about 30 minutes to complete."

Once finished the pendants get shipped off to anyone who asks for them.

People get to keep deceased loved ones close.

"It allows you to kind of carry them with you and keep them close to your heart if you will."

Desh started this line of work two years ago.

He says his love for glass art is what got him to this point.

He's now keeping busy every month.

"I wanted to find a way to use that skill to help people, and I kind of found my niche with this," Desh said.

He says the feedback so far has been positive.

Visit www.eternalpendants.com for more information about the pendants.


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