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Fort Worth Firefighter added to National Monument
Fort Worth, Texas
   
 
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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, Maryland.

Those 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.

Constructed 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.
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