Seven fallen firefighters honored at memorial

From staff reportsMay 1, 2010 

— Seven more names were added to the N.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial in downtown Raleigh today.

The names of four firefighters who died in 2009 and three who died in the 1970s were unveiled during a ceremony at the memorial in Nash Square. The service included an honor guard and bagpipe processional and was preceded by a parade in downtown Raleigh.

The firefighters memorial was dedicated in 2006 and includes the names of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, dating back to 1902. The memorial includes space to add names at the annual spring ceremony.

The seven firefighters added this year are James Melville Jones of the N.C. Forestry Service; Levi Henry Faulkner of the Farmville Fire Department; Willis Henry Vandiford of the Bell Arthur Volunteer Fire Department; Matthew Douglas Tramel of the Pembroke Fire Department; Gregory Carroll Cooke of the Salem District Volunteer Fire Department; William Gray Parsons of the Millers Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Jimmy Lee Davis Sr. of the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department.

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