10/05/12 308 W, 6 I - + 5 - 1 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

This weekend is the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, which will culminate on Sunday, October 7, with the 31st National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. Eighty firefighters who died in 2011 and five who died in prior years will be honored. (See this year's Roll of Honor in PDF format.)

Bronze plaques bearing their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial located on the academy's campus. More than 3,600 firefighters are listed on the plaques, which surround the memorial, which was established in 1981. (For firefighters before 1981, an expansion is planned in conjunction with their Project Roll Call. See below for a recap of Wake County.)

For more information about the memorial and the weekend, start with this news release. It'll get you oriented. For live viewing of the weekend's events, visit this web site. For social media sharing resources, notably icons and wall paper, see this web page. For the big blast of memorial weekend information, visit the weekend.firehero.org.


Remembering those who gave their lives in Wake County, eight firefighters from five departments from five departments have died in the line of duty since 1956. They ranged in ranks from Firefighter to Asst. Chief, and from causes ranging from motor-vehicle accidents to heart attacks. They were young and old, they were volunteer and career. Learn more about them.

Herman S. Jones
Raleigh Fire Department
January 22, 2008
      Norwood C. Massengill
Fairgrounds Fire Department
February 10, 1971
Larry W. Fanning
Garner Fire Department
August 2, 2006
    Paul. A. Mimms
Raleigh Fire Department
April 20, 1965
Todd A. Blanchard
Eastern Wake Fire Department
July 14, 2005
    Vernon L. Thompson
Cary Fire Department
June 16, 1960
Patrick J. Daughtery
Garner Fire Department
April 7, 1993
      Vernon J. Smith
Raleigh Fire Department
March 10, 1956

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