Fire Fighters Memorial Service Well Attended
May 16 was a beautiful foggy morning as preparation continued for the 2nd annual memorial service at the Fire Fighters Memorial in Kingdom City. The parking soon filled to capacity and it was overflow to standing room.
The procession of Honor Guard from 14 departments was an impressive site to begin the program with the posting of the colors as the bagpipes and drums play in the background. FFAM President Keith Smith led all in the pledge of allegiance. Followed by invocation by Reverend Stan East of the LaPlata FD.
Fire Marshal William “Bill” Farr. Fire Marshal Farr spoke to the over 300 in attendance.
The service continued with the ring of the bell recognized those lost in the line of duty and those who have passed in the past two years. Members of Carthage and Perry Fire Department along with family members placing of a wreath and fire gear at the wall for those lost in the line of duty.
St Louis area fire fighters Highland Guard and Boone County’s Pipes and Drum played Amazing Grace followed by Tap played by Chief Steve Paulsell of Boone County FPD to close the ceremony.
Lost in the line of duty Ronald Coose, Jr, Perry Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter April 4, 2003; Steven Fierro, Carthage Fire Department Firefighter February 18, 2004.
Lost in the line of duty in the past but honored today. Walter Weaver Poplar Bluff Fire Department, April 5, 1935; Ernest Henry Fark St. Louis Fire Department, 1949; Paul E. Ralls Whiteman Air Force Base, May 15, 1962; Joseph H. Palagonia Whiteman Air Force Base, May 15, 1962; Jacob Lang Whiteman Air Force Base, May 15, 1962; Wayne Hower Whiteman Air Force Base, May 15, 1962; George C. Ballinger Hannibal Fire Department, April 29, 1970; Howard R. Asbury Moberly Fire Department, February, 1976; Harry G. Nash Antonia Fire Protection District, December 19, 1978; Joseph P. Ritter Afton Fire Protection District, 1981; Leroy Beard Missouri Air National Guard Fire Department, November 19, 1999.
Deaths of Missouri Firefighters with over ten years of service may be added to the Service Wall of Honor. They represent the dedicated men and women who have joined their colleagues with the Supreme Chief. These are firefighters who have died within the past two years, and those whose names have been added to the Wall of Honor this year. All brothers and sisters attain the same rank with their eternal being. Albert G. Gowan, Bobby Pipes, Paul F. Ford, Cory Lanham, Walter Gordon, Steve Dopp, Robert Morrison, John A. Kaufman, William L. Pine, Donald Gene Simmons, George Barker, Reuben Pemberton, Michael Stanley, Chester Light, Jerry Smith, Mark Allen Scott, Dennis R. Holtmeier, Ricky L. Borts, George Millam, Adam Lee Thomas, Larry Yohe, Blant Steven Sharp, Cecil Atkins, Wesley Pollard, and Lester L. Merrell
If anyone was missed we do sincerely apologize and hope that you will submit his or her name(s) for next years service.
Fourteen departments participated in the service
Guard member stood at each wall to honor those listed
Fire Marshal Bill Farr spoke to the gathering
Members of Carthage FD (left) and Perry FD (below) placed flowers and gear at the wall to honor the two Missouri firefighters lost in the line of duty this past year.
FF Steven Fierro,Carthage and FF Ronald Coose, Jr.,Perry
Candle Light Service Well-Received
This year a candle light service was held at the Fire Fighters Memorial. Near 200 where in attendance at the evening service Friday May 15. The evening was perfect and it was a moving sight with all the candle a glow.
A slide show was presented with names and picture of those who have passed in the past two years.
Art Smith organizer of the event commented he hoped it would be well received and from the attendance it was.
Plans are to continue the service and we hope all will be sure to send in information and photos of loved ones for next years service.
Podium ready and the sun was setting. Little Dixie FPD Honor Guard practice for the first memorial candle light service at the Fire Fighters Memorial