FORT WORTH, TX - Sunday
October 6, the names of 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018
and 27 who died in previous years will be added to the National Fallen
Firefighters Memorial during the annual memorial service in Emmetsburg,
names will include William Thompson from the Fort Worth Fire Department. William began his career with the Fort Worth Fire
Department in 1988 and served on the truck as long as he could before he was
unable due to a respiratory illness he developed on the job. He continued to
serve the citizens of Fort Worth by working as a dispatcher and retired from
the Fort Worth Fire Department 22 years later. William passed away on
April 28, 2014 due to that work related illness. He will be remembered and
forever missed with love and appreciation for his years as a devoted husband,
father and for his service to the community.
in 1981, the 7-foot stone monument features a sculpted Maltese Cross, the
traditional symbol of the fire service. An engraved plaque on the monument
bears a message from President Ronald W. Reagan. At the base of the monument an
eternal flame symbolizes the spirit of all firefighters — past, present and
future. Plaques encircling the monument list the names of the men and women of
the fire service who have died in service to their communities since 1981.
Whenever a firefighter dies in the line-of-duty, fire officials post a notice
of the death at the monument and lower flags at the site to half-staff.
Several active and former member of the Fort
Worth Fire Department will accompany the Thompson family this weekend as we
celebrate the service that he provided to our city and add his name to a long
list of hero’s that have given their lives protecting others.