CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Five years ago this evening, nine firefighters answered their final alarm at the Sofa Super Store.
At 7 p.m., their families, colleagues and others will pause to remember their sacrifices.
The ceremony remembering Captains Billy Hutchinson, Mike Benke, and Louis Mulkey; Engineers Mark Kelsey and Brad Baity, Assistant Engineer Michael French; and Firefighters Earl Drayton, Melvin Champaign and Brandon Thompson will be respectful.
The service will consist of a bagpiper, the ringing of a bell for each of the fallen heroes and musical selections by James Smith, a firefighter from North Carolina.
There will be a procession of uniformed personnel, some of whom were with their brothers at the fire.
Firehouse.com will be providing more coverage of tonight's event.