DFD's fourth-annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial set for Friday
Dyersburg Fire Department will host its fourth-annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at 10 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 5.
The ceremony will begin with a parade from the location of the original fire station at the end of Market Street to the fire station located at 216 S. Church St., in downtown Dyersburg. A ceremony will then be held in front of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the entrance of Fire Station No. 1.
Begun in 2009 as an Eagle Scout project of local Boy Scout Luis Portillo, the ceremony honors the three firemen in the history of the Dyersburg Fire Department who lost their lives while battling fires within the city limits.
Byron M. Robb is believed to be the first member of the DFD to succumb to injuries received in the line of duty. Robb was injured when a gas tank exploded in a fire he was fighting at the city dump in Southtown on Sept. 14, 1935. Robb died from injuries from the fire that day while another fireman involved in the explosion eventually recovered.
Dyersburg firemen William Dudley and Pratt Fletcher were killed fighting a hotel fire on Jan. 12, 1942. Dudley and Fletcher lost their lives when the south wall of the Tennessee Hotel collapsed on that cold morning.
Active-duty, retired and volunteer firemen and guests are invited to join together with members of the DFD to honor those firemen who have paid the ultimate price in service to the Dyersburg community.