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Names Of 5 Fallen Stamford Firefighters Added To National Memorial

These members of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, from left, Matthew Palmer, William Wieck, Charles Cackowski, Brendan Keatley and Ralph Falloon attended a ceremony to honor fallen firefighters in Colorado Springs.
These members of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, from left, Matthew Palmer, William Wieck, Charles Cackowski, Brendan Keatley and Ralph Falloon attended a ceremony to honor fallen firefighters in Colorado Springs. Photo Credit: Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The names of vive city firefighters who died in the line of duty were added to the IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial wall in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A ceremony was held Sept. 19 with members of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association in attendance.

The annual ceremony commemorates more than 7,300 firefighters and paramedics across the U.S. and Canada who have died in the line of duty since 1918.

The local firefighters added to the wall this year are: Henry Wosniak, who died in 1973; Capt. George Daily, 1956; Capt. James R. Murray, 1945; Firefighter Thomas J. Meehan, 1932; and Firefighter Oscar H. Spahr, 1920.

In previous years, the names of Stamford Firefighter William Thomas Miller Jr. (2001) and Capt. Daniel Chichester (2010) were the first from Stamford to be acknowledged at the national memorial.

Calling theirs "the ultimate sacrifice," Stamford fire union President Breandan Keatley said, “It was important that Stamford fire fighters were represented to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and to never forget."

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