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Fallen firefighters remembered

The Simmons family sits in the first row of chairs outside the Savannah Fire Department headquarters listening as several people talk about firefighters killed in the line of duty, including their relative Savannah Firefighter Norman Simmons, who was killed 10 years ago.

"You would think that it would get easier, but it's getting harder. I just really wish he was here," said Simmons' daughter Samantha Simmons.

Simmons is one of the 26 firefighters to make the ultimate sacrifice since 1865.

"We never forget those who died in the line of duty so that's why we do this every year," said Savannah Fire Battalion Chief Thad Dixon.

As family and friends sit remembering their loved one, some folks walking near the Oglethorpe Avenue and Abercorn Street intersection decided to halt for a few moments as well.

Denise German of Savannah said, "Often times in our very busy daily lives we tend to forget those who have given of themselves and it's very important that they be memorialized."

Even a little rain couldn't stop the ceremony, with everyone grabbing a chair and quickly heading indoors. Then one by one, firefighters placed a rose at the foot of the memorial monument, each representing one of the 26 fallen firefighters, including Firefighter Norman Simmons.

"That lets me know nobody forgets him," said Samantha Simmons.

 

Below are the names of the firefighters remembered at the memorial service:

John Butler (1865, Savannah Fire Department)

Charles Schreck (1871, Savannah Fire Department)

George Puder (1873, Savannah Fire Department)

William E. Harrold (1887, Savannah Fire Department)

John Weihrs (1889, Savannah Fire Department)

Henry B. Goodman (1889, Savannah Fire Department)

Frank McStay (1896, Savannah Fire Department)

Aug Whitman (1898, Savannah Fire Department)

William Michael (1898, Savannah Fire Department)

Michael F. Kain (1904, Savannah Fire Department)

Frank N. Harris (1905, Savannah Fire Department)

George Mouro (1906, Savannah Fire Department)

N.J. Eady (1906, Savannah Fire Department)

E.P. Daily (1906, Savannah Fire Department)

H.J. Larkin (1911, Savannah Fire Department)

Henry F. Corley (1912, Savannah Fire Department)

A.S. Christiansen (1921, Savannah Fire Department)

J.F. Smith (1935, Savannah Fire Department)

Jimmy Kavannoi (1935, Savannah Fire Department)

D.T. Ethridge (1937, Savannah Fire Department)

William L. Dufour (1942, Savannah Fire Department)

Thomas Dudley (1967, Savannah Fire Department)

Clifford K. Burton (1979, Hunter Army Air Field)

Raymond Waters, Jr. (1982, Montgomery Fire Department)

Norman L. Simmons (1991, Savannah Fire Department)

Terry Nielsen (2010, Bryan County Fire Department)

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