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7:08 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Eight years ago, a fallen firefighter was buried in Arlington Park Cemetery.

Now, his family members are upset by the condition of his grave site.

"We've come out here and cleaned this place on multiple occasions," said Matt Kramer.

Kramer's brother Klif, a firefighter who died in the line of duty, is buried in what's called the "Estate Garden".

"I want to come here and talk," said Kramer. "For me to do that in these kind of conditions is upsetting."

The grave sites looks like it was recently mowed, but there's hardly any grass in the area.

"There's more dirt than grass, a lot of it is dead," he said.

And it is not just the Kramer family's grave sites left unkempt according to Kramer. 

"This was a fallen solider killed in Iraq and outside of his headstone it all dead grass," said Kramer. 

The family said the entire area needs a lot of work.

"This is honored grounds, people come here to bury their family members," said Kramer. "You can't treat them like this."

Arlington Park Cemetery is owned and operated by Stewart Enterprises in New Orleans, La.

Spokesperson Denise Westerfield said via email:

Our top priority is serving families and we are aware that this area of the cemetery needs our attention. We are in the process of planting sod, mulching and line trimming to improve the beauty of the estate garden. Let me assure you that we will resolve this issue to the Kramer family's satisfaction.

"We're not looking for attention," said Kramer. "We want it fixed."

Most cemeteries are regulated by the Florida Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services.

Consumers with issues can file a complaint at 1-850-413-3039.

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