Rocky Hill Fire Department Remembers Fallen Heroes

The names of all the firefighters who have died were read aloud and honored by the ringing of a ceremonial bell.


Following the parade and ceremony for the veterans, members of the , residents and some town officials gathered to celebrate the lives of firefighters who have died and pay homage to their commitment to public service. 

A ceremonial bell was rung after the name of each of the 127 firefighters who died over the years was read. Once the list was completed, "Five Bells" was performed, which was the number and sequence of bell rings used through telegraph to announce the death of firefighter.

"We will always remember, honor and pay tribute to our past personnel," said Fire Chief Michael Garrahy "And whether they like it or not. Once you are in, you are in."

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The name of Robert Miles O'Brien was added to in memoriam wall to the list of 127 firefighters who have died over the years. Each year, the names of those firefighters who have died are added to the plaque that is attached to the fire building.

A wreath was also placed in the memorial garden by Fire Marshal Richard Renstrom and Assistant Chief Kevin Morton.

Janet Gilbert Kunzelman May 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Did not hear CHARLES B GILBERT JR remembered


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