|Knoxville Fire Department Holds Memorial Service Honoring Fallen Firefighters
10, 2006 - The Knoxville Fire Department held its annual Memorial
Service Honoring Fallen Firefighters Tuesday at the KFD's Headquarters
Fire Station in downtown Knoxville.
The annual ceremony honored the 18 KFD firefighters who lost their
lives in the line of duty since 1885 and the 10 retired firefighters
and one civilian employee who have passed away during the past year.
As part of the ceremony, attended by 150-180 active and retired firefighters
and family and friends of those being honored, a bell tolled 28 times
- once for each of the firefighters.
the same time - as each firefighter's name was read by Fire Chief
Robert L. Key and the bell tolled - a single red rose was placed into
a gold-colored vase bearing the department's insignia.
Mayor Bill Haslam and Chief Key spoke at the ceremony before placing
a wreath at the firefighter's statue in Firefighter Memorial Park
in front of the station.
Haslam said that this was a special day when the city remembers firefighters
who rush into dangerous or tragic situations to provide protection,
aid and comfort.
He also told family members of those being honored that the relatives
of KFD firefighters are part of an extended fire department family
and that relationship never ends.
|The Knoxville Fire Department Honor Guard led the
processional; Sr. Firefighter Rusty Singleton sang the national anthem
and "The Lord's Prayer"; Bagpiper John Rose played "Amazing
Grace" and Bugler Pat Armstrong played "Taps."
Fire Officer Claude Earl, a 50-year veteran of the KFD, Fire Chaplain
Paul Trumpore and Firefighter Dennis Bambach also took part in the
firefighters who passed away since last year and who were honored
Carl E. Cole
Clyde C. Parker
Richard L. Hickey
William J. Ray
James H. Jones
Benny D. Shockley
William H. Kidwell, Jr.
Carson Steele, Jr.
Dennis A. Wolfenbarger
Mrs. Pat Clevenger (civilian employee)
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