Knoxville Fire Dept. honors fallen firefighters in annual memorial

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The Knoxville Fire Department on Thursday held its annual memorial service at Firefighter Memorial Park, near the downtown fire station on Summit Hill Drive to honor fallen firefighters. 

City officials, fire officials along with family gathered on Oct. 25 to pay tribute to the 24 firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1875. 

Each year around this time, KFD and city officials gather with friends and family members to remember their loved ones who gave their lives in the line of duty. 

The names of the fallen firefighters are read aloud and a bell is rung for each name spoken. 

The bell is rung in their honor. 

Also remembered at the service were the 12 retired City of Knoxville firefighters who have passed away since last year’s memorial service. 

The professionalization of the Knoxville Fire Department began 133 years ago, when a core of paid, trained firefighting professionals made their first fire run in 1885.

     More: The city’s history on the Knoxville Fire Department

Last year, KFD responded to almost 24,000 calls for emergency service. That’s an average of about 65 emergency runs each day. 

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