Fallen Miami Valley firefighters, first responders honored at Centerville memorial


Firefighters and EMS professionals killed in the line of duty were honored Sunday at Centerville’s Stubbs Park Sunday morning.

71 names appear on the memorial dedicated to fallen firefighters and first responders and dedicated in 2010, according to Darrell Perkins, President of the Miami Valley Firefighters EMS Memorial Association.

“Remembering our brothers and sisters killed in the line of duty is important not just for the survivors but for their families and loved ones,” Perkins said.

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Now in its 27th year, the memorial service honors fallen firefighters and responders in all nine of the counties comprising the Miami Valley.

Perkins said the memorial features the names of those killed in action from as far back as the middle 1800s.

“I recently had a person comment on our Facebook the other day after posting a death back in 1951 and she posted that it was her great-grandfather,” Perkins said.

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The organization is planning future fundraising events to do needed repair work on the memorial and to continue events like Sunday’s memorial.

“Events like this do cost some money, so we’re going to continue that [fundraising]…sadly, one of these days I’m sure we’ll have to add another name and we’d like to have money in reserve for that,” Perkins said.

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