LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – An annual event to honor Arkansas’ fallen firefighters is set to take place this weekend.
This year, THV11’s Craig O’Neill will be reading the names of the men and women who have died while rescuing others at the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial on Saturday.
From the first recorded Arkansas firefighter killed in the line of duty in Fort Smith, on April 2, 1889 there have been 106 men and women who have given their lives to help another. The Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial is a place of remembrance and honor for the sacrifices of the firefighters and their families, they will not be forgotten.
Unfortunately, two names will be added to the memorial this year.
Chief Ronald “Shorty” Boyd, Round Mountain Fire Department, died in the line of duty June 17, 1989. Chief Boyd was working in the Round Mountain fire station unloading lumber for the construction of the department’s second station, when he suffered from massive heart failure, he was 40 years old. Chief Boyd was the first Chief of the Round Mountain Fire Department in Washington County.
Firefighter Lancy Crawford, Plainview Fire Department, died in the line of duty July 7, 2016. Firefighter Crawford was performing a required driving inspection on PFD Engine 2, a pumper/tanker truck. While negotiating a curve, the apparatus left the roadway, reentered, then overturning multiple times. Firefighter Crawford died from his injuries at the scene. He had served the Plainview Fire Department for over three years.
The Keynote Speaker this year is Marvin Benton, Retired Little Rock Fire Department and author of Unfallen Hero. A Little Rock Firefighter for eight years, Marvin was critically burned while working a house fire on April 5, 1993. His story of faith, perseverance, and courage after the fire that destroyed 33 percent of his body, is an inspiration to many.
Along with Pipes & Drums, Honor Guard, family, friends, and firefighters, from across the state will honor all of our local heroes and their families. The Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial holds this service annually to remember and honor those who have died in the line of duty. THV11 has partnered with the organization since the memorial’s dedication in 2014.
This year’s Memorial Service will be on Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. The Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial is located on the west side of the Arkansas State Capitol Grounds in Little Rock.