|KFD Holds Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters
October 13, 2011 -
The Knoxville Fire Department held its annual Memorial Service Honoring Fallen Firefighters Thursday at the KFD's Headquarters Fire Station in downtown Knoxville.|
The annual ceremony honored the 24 KFD firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty since 1885 and the 4 retired firefighters who have died since the last memorial service.
As part of the ceremony, attended by 150-180 active and retired firefighters and family and friends of those being honored, a bell tolled 24 times - once for each of the fallen firefighters.
At the same time - as each fallen firefighter's name was read by Fire Chief Stan Sharp and the bell tolled - a single red rose was placed into a gold-colored vase bearing the department's insignia.
|Mayor Daniel Brown and Chief Sharp 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 since 1885:
Captain Robert L. "Buddy" Blankenship
Fred Everett Boatman
Chief Sam B. Boyd
John. J. Dunn
Michael A. Fletcher
Captain Howard O. Gray
Captain William F. Maxey
Captain Tom. F. Heagerty
Henry Clay Lawless
James H. May
Louie A. McCaughan
Captain Henry "Pat" Mitchell
Raymond H. "Shorty" Nash
Captain John O. "Slim" Pickens
William Scott Popejoy, Jr.
William C. Reed
Lloyd C. Scruggs
Captain Worley Sharp
Fred M. "Jack" Sexton
Carl Eugene Smith
George H. Smith Joe E. Tarwater
Captain Charles E. Youngblood
Retired firefighters who have died
since the last memorial service:
James Anderson Don GrissomGeorge Pinner
The annual KFD Firefighter Retiree’s
Luncheon followed the memorial service.
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