Firefighters, Family Honor 2004 Line-Of-Duty Deaths

This year, the names of 107 firefighters joined the memorial at the National Fire Academy in Maryland.


In a Maryland farming community, under gray overcast skies, a bagpipes and drum band marched in place, warming up for the ceremony that would honor those firefighters who had fallen in the line of duty in 2004.

Firefighters like Willie J. Lacy. Lacy, or "Mr. Lacy," as he was known around the firehouse, was remembered Sunday for his strong work ethic and the respectful way he treated others.

"To him, everyone was 'good people,'" a memorial note reads. The 22-year veteran of the Augusta Fire Department in Georgia was remembered as the "heart of his family and friends."

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