Fallen Kansas firefighters honored during annual memorial ceremony


The names of four fallen firefighters were added this year to a memorial wall as Kansans gathered at the 17th annual ceremony to pay their respects. 

People crowded outside of the Kansas Firefighters Museum to remember firefighters from around the state who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

The honor was a particularly important one for Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis. 

Dennis’ uncle’s name was added to the memorial at the ceremony today.

“In January of 1911, they had a huge fire down on Douglas Street called the Bidding Building Fire,” said David Dennis. “And my uncle was one of the number of firefighters who went to fight that. The fight was below zero-degree temperatures. So he froze his hands. He froze his face. He froze his lungs. And he never recovered from his injuries. and he died of those injuries in 1912.”

There are 124 names on the wall. 

As each name of a fallen firefighter was read, the Honor Guard put a rose in the bucket at the base of the memorial. A flag was dipped and a bell was rug. 

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