Fallen Firefighters Honored
First responders from throughout Nevada gathered in Carson City Saturday to remember firefighters who gave their lives trying to protect others.
The Nevada Firefighters Memorial ceremony is held annually in Mills Park. The memorial there features plaques with the names of 54 firefighters lost in the line of duty. Memorial Secretary Steve Frady said the memorial was established in 1994. The firefighters represented are from: "federal, state and local career and volunteer fire departments and organizations," a news release stated.
At the ceremony, firefighters said "The Fireman's Prayer." Frady said he hopes the ceremony helps some find closure. "This is almost like the final thing for them. To allow them to continue to remember their loved ones with fondness and remember the good," he said.
Two firefighters were also recognized for distinguished service. They are: retired Carson City Fire Chief Les Groth and former Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Carpenter.