Longtime Manchester fireman Rod Ballard, who was serving as assistant fire chief, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in the Manchester City Cemetery. Ballard, who passed away on Friday, became a full-time member of the Manchester Fire Department in 1981. Ballard, 67, was battling stag-four lung cancer. Firemen came from many different cities to honor the dedicated firefighter. Citizens of Manchester lined Hillsboro Boulevard to pay tribute to Ballard as the funeral procession passed by.