Three Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2012 will be honored this weekend. Firefighters from across the country will come together as the names of 81 U.S. firefighters will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
This weekend is the 32nd annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
Missouri was one of 31 states that had line-of-duty deaths in 2012. Plaques surrounding the monument list the names of the men and women who have died in service to their communities since 1981.The Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty during 2012 and whose names will be added to the National Firefighters Memorial are:
Doug Haase Sr., 60, Senior Firefighter/Paramedic for the St. Charles Fire Department
Eddy Wayne Meador, 54, Fire Chief for the Pattonsburg Fire and Rescue Protection District
Jeffrey Hudson, 46, firefighter for the St. Louis Fire Department
â??It is fitting that we pause to remember and express our gratitude for the brave men and women of the fire serviceâ??career and volunteerâ??who willingly put their lives on the line to help ensure the safety of their neighbors across our state," said Missouri State Fire Marshal Randy Cole. "We must never forget the sacrifice of those we have lost and we renew our commitment to help support the families they left behind.â??
On May 20 Fire Marshal Cole and firefighters from across Missouri honored the fallen Missouri firefighters from 2012 in a solemn ceremony at the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City.
The names of Doug Haase Sr., Eddy Wayne Meador and Jeffrey Hudson were added to the Fire Fighters Line of Duty Memorial Wall commemorating Missouri firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of the state.