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The monument was erected with private funds in 1995 to honor those Chesapeake Firefighters who have given their lives in service to mankind.
When I am called to duty Lord,
wherever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save a life,
whatever be it's age.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout
And quickly and effectively,
put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling Lord,
and give the best in me
To serve my every neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will,
I have to loose my life
Please bless with your protecting hand,
my children and my wife
A.L. Johnson, Volunteer
Sept. 1, 1964
After returning to Station 12, Cedar Lane, from what had been dispatched as a structure fire, Volunteer Firefighter Johnson suffered a heart attack in the station and died.
Captain Sherman W. Goddin, Sr.
Sept. 30, 1973
A 20-year veteran of the department. He was overcome by smoke while fighting a house fire in the Western Branch section of the city.
Firefighter Jerrold W. Branch
April 13, 1986
While off duty, he responded to a commercial fire in his hometown of Dendron, Va. During firefighting operations, he suffered a fatal heart attack on the scene.
Firefighter Specialist, John R. Hudgins, Jr. &
Firefighter Specialist, Frank E. Young
March 18, 1996
While fighting an intense fire in a commercial building, both were trapped and killed by a roof collapse.
|The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation|