05/02/13 620 W, 1 I - + 7 - 1 North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, Saturday, May 4

Press release. The North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation will hold the Eighth Annual Memorial Service Saturday, May 4, 2013. The service will honor thirteen firefighters from across North Carolina who died in the line of duty in 2012 and previous years.

The day will begin with a parade at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. The parade will feature apparatus from only those departments who have lost a firefighter in the line of duty. The parade will include pipe and drum bands and honor guards from across the state. Following the parade, the First Annual NCFFF Red Helmet Ride will be held. The motorcycle rally will begin at the Kmart in Garner and ride to the memorial location.

Starting at 1:00 p.m., the memorial service will be held for the North Carolina fire service families that have experienced an line of duty death. The service will be held at the site of the North Carolina Fallen Firefighter Memorial located in historic Nash Square, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC. 

James Aiken Brevard FD 8/25/1909
Burleigh Scotton Wilmington FD 9/24/1972
Tommy Wright Blowing Rock FD 3/21/2010
Samuel Butler Evans Crossroad VFD 1/8/2012
Donald L. Suggs Summerville Fire and Rescue 6/11/2012
Ryan S. David NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Joseph M. McCormick NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Paul K. Mikeal NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Robert S. Cannon NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Caleb Benfield Bethlehem Fire & Rescue 10/10/2012
David M. Tatum White Oak FD 11/5/2012
Walter M. Summerville III Kernersville Fire and Rescue 11/6/2012
John M. Hall Clarkton VFD 11/7/2012

Dedicated May 6, 2006, the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial totals fifty feet in diameter. The central sculpture "Heroism & Sacrifice" is comprised of four life-size bronze firefighters in a realistic action collapsed building fatal fire scene, uniquely the first time such has been created in a large prestigious memorial. One firefighter is dying, having been crushed by a fallen steel beam; a comrade is holding the fallen firefighter’s head and calling for help; another firefighter is struggling to lift off the heavy beam; and the fourth firefighter is using an attack hose to keep the fire away from the rest of the team. Their realistic facial expressions add to the intense drama and impact of this unique memorial. Designed for 360-degree viewing, a face of at least one firefighter is always visible wherever a visitor stands. The sculpture is also lighting engineered for night-time fire effects.

Surrounding this central masterpiece sculpture is a brick wall with granite slabs on which are engraved the names of all North Carolina’s fallen firefighters: past, present, and in future decades. Thus, the it is a "living memorial." The memorial was team-developed by numerous people, companies, and organizations. It was approved unanimously by the prestigious State Historic Commission and has already been recognized nationwide.

Served by the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation are all firefighters in the state who are members of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association, North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and North Carolina Forestry Service, as well as federal and state firefighters and members of fire brigades. The addition of this year's thirteen names brings the total 47 firefighters named on the memorial.

Also this week, Carl Regutti passed away. He was a fire service friend and colleague with a vision of capturing the true essence of North Carolina's fire service and preserving it in life-sized bronze. Carl was the sculptor of the North Carolina Fallen Firefighter Memorial. He passed away Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.

All media outlets are invited to attend.

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