Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Honors Three

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Governor Fletcher addresses families at the 8th annual event

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Today in Frankfort, hundreds gathered to honor the lives and sacrifices of the state’s firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty over the past year. The annual service was held at Juniper Hills Park, site of a memorial listing the names of Kentucky’s deceased firefighters. Three names were added to the memorial this year.

“We are continually inspired by the heroic sacrifices of our first responders, who in times of crisis provide our communities with unity, focus and strength,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “I salute the brave men and women who have lost their lives in service to their community and I commend all of our state’s firefighters for the work you continue to do, day in and day out. The sacrifices of these courageous men and women will never be forgotten.”

Of the names added to the Memorial this year, two firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. One more lost his life in the line of duty in 1938.

Following the ceremony, a ribbon cutting was held to launch the Kentucky Fire Commission’s new Drivers Training Simulator. The simulator, which will be available to first responders across the state, is the latest in response training technology.

Today’s ceremony was sponsored by the Kentucky Firefighters Association, Kentucky Professional Firefighters Association, Frankfort Fire & EMS, Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs, and KCTCS—Kentucky Fire Commission State Fire/Rescue Training.

Firefighters added to the memorial this year:

  • Henry Combs – Watts Fire Department – lost his life in the line of duty, September 4, 2005
  • Charles McKenzie – West VanLear Fire Department – lost his life in the line of duty, November 23, 2005
  • Levi Nelson – Danville Fire Department – lost his life in the line of duty, 1938
     

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