Fire Chief Jacob King acknowledged the family members of those who served.
“Since 1917, we have protected this community and dedicated our lives to the mission,” King said. “We will continue to carry on this mission every day and will continue to remember our past and embrace our future. My sincere thanks to those who have served and my condolences to the family members who have lost a loved one.”
Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, spoke of the importance of the men and women who serve and protect the public and shared his ties to firefighting in his own family.
“I grew up in a family of firefighters. My father has served as a wildland firefighter for over 50 years in California, and I too had the honor of serving as a firefighter before joining the Air Force,” Sherman said. “Today, I want us to reflect on those who have served the Wright-Patt Fire Department and have lost their lives in the line of duty but also honor those who keep that hope alive and continue to answer the call to serve others.”