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For Immediate Release
KFD Holds Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters
KFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial CeremonyOctober 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.
KFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service
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:

KFD Memorial
  • Captain Robert L. "Buddy" Blankenship
  • Fred Everett Boatman
  • Chief Sam B. Boyd
  • John. J. Dunn
  • J.C. Flenniken
  • 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

  • Memorial Statue PlaqueRetired firefighters who have died
    since the last memorial service:


  • James Anderson
  • Don Grissom
  • George Pinner
  • Gary West

  • The annual KFD Firefighter Retiree’s
    Luncheon followed the memorial service.
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