The 2024 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

The 27th annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters & Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the Richmond International Raceway Complex, Main Exhibition Hall. This event is open to the public. 

The Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service will be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person.

This year's Memorial Service will honor fallen firefighters who have been recognized under the Virginia Line of Duty Act in 2023 for their bravery and dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

2024 Honorees
  • Larry W. Akers - Longshop-McCoy Fire and Rescue
  • James M. Alexander Jr. - Hanover County Fire-EMS
  • James E. Brewster - D.A.D Volunteer Fire Department
  • Ernest N. Cash - Monelison Volunteer Fire Department
  • Matthew R. Chiaverotti - Virginia Beach Fire Department
  • Cameron B. Craig - Abingdon Fire Department
  • Mia Ethridge - Louisa County Fire and EMS
  • James A. Foster - Rice Volunteer Fire Department
  • Brian R. Hricik - Alexandria Fire Department
  • Helen "Gracey" C. Humbert - Botetourt County Fire and EMS
  • Chester T. Lauck - Round Hill Community Volunteer Fire and Rescue - Frederick County
  • William A. McFarland - Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Gregory C. Meinel - Vinton First Aid Crew
  • Alicia A. Monahan - Chesterfield County Fire and EMS
  • Rory "Bud" C. Swanson - Lower King and Queen Volunteer Fire Department
  • Stephen D. Whitson - Henrico County Division of Fire
  • Rocky S. Wood - Virginia Department of Forestry

Honor Guard:

Individuals or departments interested in Honor Guard participation should contact 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 Floyd Greene at floydpowhatan@gmail.com.

Main Point of Contact:
For more information on the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service, contact VDFP PIO Will Merritt at (804) 249-1986 or william.merritt@vdfp.virginia.gov.


About the 2024 Memorial Service 

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.

History of the Memorial Service

  • 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 fire departments, family representatives of fallen firefighters previously honored, 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 may also be added to the wall of the memorial annually.

Contact Information

For more information about the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service, contact VDFP PIO Will Merritt at (804) 249-1986 or william.merritt@vdfp.virginia.gov.