Fallen firefighters honored at memorial ceremony

Five Missouri firefighters were killed in the line of duty last year.

Their comrades from across the state gathered Sunday morning at the Firefighters Memorial in Kingdom City to pay tribute. The annual ceremony honors firefighters killed on the job.

Family members laid wreaths and released doves in the air.

"The fire service is a secondary family," said State Fire Marshal Randy Cole. "And everyone comes together on days like this two honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice."

Two of the firefighters killed were shot to death in separate incidents. One was on his way to a fire, the other was helping at a car wreck.

Family members say they appreciated the ceremony which gave them a moment to reflect on their loves ones.

"I sure miss him. He was a good fireman," said Clarence Watson, whose firefighter son was killed last year. "It was his ambition in life to become a fireman. And he succeeded in his ambition."

This year fire investigators discovered the names of two firefighters who died in 1939 and 1946.

Both names were inscribed on the memorial wall.

Officials hope to build a permanent museum at the memorial site.

If you would like to help the Firefighters Association of Missouri make that happen, you can follow the link below to their Web site.