Firefighters from around Wood County gathered Monday evening to honor fellow firefighters that died in the last year.
"I think this ceremony is very important for us to remember the ones that we've lost in the last year and really honor their service, says Chief Jason Matthews, Parkersburg Fire Department. “No matter if it was a retired member or an active member, we still want to remember them and honor them for all their time spent working for the community.”
The Wood County Firefighters Association held their annual memorial service at the Parkersburg Fire Station.
The ceremonry was led by Fire Chief Jason Matthews.
This year, six names were read:
Bud Hostottle, Waverly VFD
Ron Radar, Vienna VFD
Cheryl Whitlatch, Deerwalk VFD
Charles Cox, Mineral Wells VFD
William Archer, Parkersburg FD & Deerwalk VFD
Richard Cramlet, Parkersburg FD
All in attendance bowed their heads to pray paying their respects, while Firefighter Patrick Davis placed a wreath at the memorial site.
“The firefighter's community in West Virginia is a very tight knit group here in Wood County, says Paul Jordan, President of the Firefighters Association. “The group works together on routine calls and on mutual aid calls together so they are a very tight community of people especially with their families.”
After the ceremony the firefighters gathered inside for dinner and a meeting.