The 2019 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

The 2019 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

**View the Memorial Service livestream. The Service will begin at noon.**

The 22nd annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters & Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Richmond International Raceway Complex, Main Exhibition Hall. This event is open to the public.

This year’s Memorial Service honors seven (7) individuals who have been recognized in the Virginia Line of Duty Act in 2018 for their bravery and dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

2019 Honorees

  • Fire Marshal John Jennings, Jr.  — Bedford County Fire and Rescue
  • Firefighter/Paramedic W. Marshall Perry, Jr. — Norfolk Fire-Rescue
  • Lieutenant William Powell — Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company
  • Lieutenant James Kegley, Jr. — Hanover County Fire-EMS
  • Firefighter William Stover — Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Association
  • Captain Anthony R. Whetzel — Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue
  • Lieutenant Brad Clark — Hanover County Fire-EMS

The Memorial Service Lineup

The Memorial Service will include a keynote address, a Virginia Fire Services Honor Guard procession, a musical performance, and a fire and EMS apparatus display from departments throughout the Commonwealth. State flags will be presented to the families of the fallen. A reception immediately following the Memorial Service will be held for family members and guests.

The Service and reception are open to the public. In addition, the names of each 2019 Honoree will be added to the Virginia Public Safety Memorial Wall in Richmond.

Contacts

  • General Information: For more information on the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service, contact VDFP PIO Vanessa Copeland at (804) 249-1986 or Vanessa.Copeland@vdfp.virginia.gov.
  • Honor Guard Participation: Individuals or departments interested in Honor Guard participation should contact Memorial Service Committee Member Toby Martin at tmartin@roanokecountyva.gov.
  • Sending Apparatus: If your department is interested in sending apparatus to the Memorial Service, please contact Memorial Service Committee Member April Elmore at April.Elmore@currituckcountync.gov.

About the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

About the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

History of the Memorial Service

  • This year marks the 22nd Annual Memorial Service and has long been held on the first Saturday in June.
  • The Virginia Fire Services Board established the Memorial Service and enlisted the services of a Memorial Service Committee to plan the annual event. The committee is comprised of representatives from Virginia fire department, survivors, the Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
    Honor Guard from across the Commonwealth participate each year, as well as fire departments from across Virginia who display apparatus for the Memorial Service.
  • A reception immediately following the Memorial Service is open to the families, distinguished guests, and the public.

Virginia Fallen Firefighter and EMS Facts

  • For more than 20 years, on the first Saturday in June, firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty or have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the previous year, are honored at the Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service.
  • With the completion and dedication of the Virginia Public Safety Memorial, names of firefighters who are honored are now also added to the wall of the memorial annually.
  • The annual Memorial Service honors Virginia firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the previous year, but also the memory of all firefighters and EMS personnel who have perished while on-duty.