06/22/13 308 W, 1 I - + 2 - 5 Raleigh's Finest 5K / Firefighter Memorial Run, Saturday, June 29

We're one week away from the Raleigh's Finest 5K, an annual memorial run to remember Raleigh firefighters who have died on- and off-duty. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 29. The location is Fire Station 6 at 2601 Fairview Road. Runners and walkers will start at Station 6, proceed on Oberlin Road to Station 5, and return. The start times are 8:00 a.m for a one-mile fun walk, and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K race. This is the third year for the event, which was conceived and organized by the wives of Andrew "A.J." Johnson and Harry "Flip" Kissinger, who passed away in automobile accidents in December 2008 and December 2009, respectively. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters and the 200 Club of Wake County. View Facebook page. View registration information. See some photos from last year's event.

Remembered members of the Raleigh Fire Department are Morgan J. McLamb (2013), J. Scott Nipper (2011), Harry P. "Flip" Kissinger (2009), Andrew J. "A. J." Johnson (2009), George E. Crocker (2008), Herman S. Jones, line of duty death (2008), Ronald C. Arch (2005), R. Merton King (1995), Theodore J. Calvert (1990), John W. Gardner (1990), William H. Wall (1987), Harold R. Faison (1984), Milton A. Adams (1982), F. Laurel Blake (1979), Robert S. Moody (1979), Charles E. Kelley (1978), John W. Holmes (1977), Lealon T. Frazier (1975), Clarence R. Puryear (1974), Joe A. Broughton (1973), Lucius Q. Godwin (1968), J. Theo Honeycutt (1968), David L. Brannan (1967), Paul A. Mimms, line of duty death (1965), James P. Blake (1964), Dempsie D. Collins (1964), Otho J. Warren (1963), Labon B. Perry (1958), Vernon J. Smith, line of duty death (1956), Alvin B. Lloyd (1955), Durwood H. Parrish (1936), John W. Peatross (1935), Eugene A. Lasater (1930), Paul L. Morgan (1927), Lewis F. Hicks (1926), William H. Denning (1925). Here's a prior posting on this subject, in the context of a centennial history book page that remembers them (through 2012).

Why is not Raleigh’s Bravest?
Question - 06/22/13 - 23:11

Honestly, because Melissa and I chose Raleigh’s FINEST 5K. We believe that these men were some of the finest men who held this profession! Also, it has a double meaning… Raleigh’s finest men/firefighters AND we believe it to be the finest 5K in Raleigh to raise funds for two fine organizations… NCFFF and 200 Club of Wake County. There has been much “discussion” about the name. WE started this charity event so WE got to chose the name. Lastly, brave has a finite definition (per Webster’s) and fine has an infinite definition as described by character traits. Flip and Andrew were brave in their careers nonetheless, but they were also two of the finest men per character, spirit, and being selfless in personality.
Jill (Email) - 06/23/13 - 23:33

Understood. Thank you Jill for explaining it. I was simply curious as to if there as a background.
Question - 06/24/13 - 22:38

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