11, 2007 - The Knoxville Fire Department held its annual
Memorial Service Honoring Fallen Firefighters Thursday at the KFD's
Headquarters Fire Station in downtown Knoxville. Harry L. Bell
The annual ceremony honored the 18 KFD firefighters who lost their
lives in the line of duty since 1885 and the one active firefighter
and six retired firefighters who have passed away during the past
As part of the ceremony, attended by 150-180 active and retired
firefighters and family and friends of those being honored, a bell
tolled 25 times - once for each of the firefighters.
At 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.
firefighters who passed away since last year and who were honored
Bryan K. Cox
Paul W. Dunn
Doyle K. Ford
Robert E. Tate
Charles E. Winstead