Two South Carolina firefighters, who died in the line of duty, will be remembered during the 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service this weekend.
Lieutenant Dillon C. Denton, 64, of the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Fire Department in Lancaster, died after suffering an aneurysm during hose testing Dec. 7, 2010.
Firefighter Chance Hyatt Zobel, 23, of the Columbia Fire Department, died after being struck by a vehicle at the scene of a median grass fire Nov. 13, 2010.
They are among the 72 firefighters in the United States who died in 2010 and 17 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger making firefighting one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security are sponsoring the national tribute Oct. 16, 2011.
Many fire departments across the country will conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half‐staff, sound sirens, and observe a moment of silent tribute.
For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored, visit Weekend.FireHero.org.