The 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor three firefighters from North Carolina who who died in the line of duty last year.
They are among the 79 firefighters who died in 2015, and 33 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, on Sunday, October 9.
- Lt. Christopher J. Daniels, age 40, of the Pine Level VFD died after completing required physical fitness training on August 17, 2015.
- Capt. James A. Hicks, age 44, of the NCANG Fire and Emergency Services died after he became ill while fighting a residential structure fire on July 27, 2015.
- Lt. Carl C. Phillips, age 41, of the Locke Township Fire Department died of a heart attack several hours after he responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident on August 27, 2015.
Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
Thousands are expected to attend the service, including families and friends of the fallen firefighters, members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the country will participate in this national tribute.