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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor
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For Immediate Release
KFD Holds Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters
Mayor Haslam speaks at the KFD Memorial ServiceOctober 7, 2008 - 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 11 retired firefighters who have died since the last memorial service. Additionally the service honored the five firefighters from the past who died in the line-of-duty that will be added to the memorial statue.

As part of the ceremony, attended by 150-180 active and retired firefighters and family and friends of those being honored, a bell tolled 34 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.
KFD Memorial Service
City Firefighters Honor Fallen Firefighters in a Memorial Ceremony on Oct. 7
Mayor Bill Haslam and Chief Key spoke at the ceremony and a wreath was placed at the firefighter's statue in Firefighter Memorial Park in front of the station.

Members of KFD who have died in the line of duty and are currently listed on the memorial statue (16):

  • Captain William F. Maxey
  • John. J. Dunn
  • Lloyd C. Scruggs
  • Fred M. "Jack" Sexton
  • William C. Reed
  • Michael Fletcher
  • Joe E. Tarwater
  • Carl Eugene Smith
  • Fred Everett Boatman
  • Louie McCaughan
  • Captain Tom F. Heagerty
  • William Scott Popejoy, Jr.
  • Captain Henry "Pat" Mitchell
  • Chief Sam Boyd
  • Henry Clay Lawless
  • Raymond H. "Shorty" Nash

  • Members of KFD who have died in the line of duty and will be added to the memorial statue (7):

  • George H. Smith, 1875
  • J.C. Flenniken, 1928
  • Captain Howard O. Gray, 1929
  • Captain Charles E. Youngblood, 1933
  • James H. May, 1951
  • Captain Worley Sharp, 1963
  • John O. "Slim" Pickens, 2008

  • Retired firefighters who died since the last memorial service (11):

  • James B. Porter, Sr.
  • James H. "Bud" Witt
  • Fred O. Hunter
  • Fred L. Winstead, Jr.
  • Glenn J. Grubb
  • James L. Mendenhall
  • Clarence E. Thress, Sr.
  • Edward L. Raines, Jr.
  • Ronald W. Jennings
  • Donald R. Glandon
  • John O. "Slim" Pickens
  • The annual KFD Firefighter Retiree’s Luncheon followed the memorial service.
    Roses in honor of fallen firefighters
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