2012 Memorial Service Planned Sunday at Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Fallen Firefighters Memorial


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fallen Firefighters Memorial located along Capitol Lake in Pierre will have seven new names for Sunday’s 2012 Memorial Service. The service is held each year as part of the annual Fire Prevention Week designation. South Dakota Firefighters Association President Denny Gorton says three firefighters who died on the job last year and four who perished in the crash of an Air Force tanker plane fighting a Black Hills fire this year are new to the memorial. He says Trampus Haskvitz died while fighting a Black Hills forest fire in August of last year and Jacob and William Waldner died in an explosion in September of 2011 while fighting a coal bin fire at the Sunset Hutterite Colony. He says seven names is a lot to add in one year.

Also added to the memorial were Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal, Sr. Master Sergeant Robert Cannon, Maj. Joseph McCormick and Maj. Ryan Davis-all of the North Carolina National Guard. Gorton says the new additions make 41 names on the monument. He says the Firefighters Association is always looking for names that may have been omitted.

Gorton says the monument is more than ten years old and has been a project that has involved firefighters from the very beginning.

Sunday’s memorial service starts at two o’clock. Gorton says Governor Dennis Daugaard is scheduled to give remarks, as is State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman. The name of each firefighter on the memorial will be read, a rose will be placed in their honor at the memorial and there will be a moment of silence for each firefighter. Gorton also says seven flags will be presented to family members or those who represent the firefighters who have been added this year–to let them know that those firefighters are being remembered. The public is welcome to attend.

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