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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
KFD Holds Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters
October 8, 2013 - 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 24 KFD firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty since 1885 and the 9 retired firefighters who have died since the last memorial service.

As part of the ceremony, attended by active and retired firefighters and family and friends of those being honored, a bell tolled 33 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 Madeline Rogero 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

  • Retired firefighters who have died
    since the last memorial service:

  • Kenneth Don Lawson
  • Joe E. Lewis
  • Earl I. Shinpaugh Sr.
  • Robert B. Crisp Jr.
  • Joe G. Milsaps
  • Verl D. Loveday
  • CharlesH. Patterson
  • Verlin W. Frye
  • Clarence H. Moore

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

    Memorial Statue PlaqueHistory of the Ceremony and Memorial

    The Knoxville Fire Department had only been an organized paid department for 19 years when they suffered their first two line of duty deaths (LODD) in 1904. The citizens thought it fitting to perpetuate in stone the names of the deceased men that perished protecting the property of their fellow neighbors. Every October during fire prevention week the names of Knoxville's bravest who answered their last alarm, along with retired firefighters that have passed in the last year will be read by the Chief of the department. Since the memorial's inception there have been 24 LODD names etched in the stone.
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