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Charleston 9 honored by colleagues in 9-day memorial

Ten years ago, nine firefighters died while battling the Sofa Super Store fire


By FireRescue1 Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Ten years ago, nine firefighters lost their lives while battling the Sofa Super Store fire.

Every day until June 18, the Charleston Fire Department will pay tribute to a firefighter killed in the blaze. Each tribute, which is shown on the department’s Facebook page, is written by a member of the department.

The firefighters, who died on June 18, 2007, died 30 minutes after responding to the call.

Four days later, a memorial was held with 30,000 people in attendance. The incident was the greatest single loss of firefighters since 9/11.

"As they entered that building, they walked into the pages of history of our community," then-Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said.

 

A tribute to Rodney Bradford “Brad” Baity Submitted by Battalion Chief Robert Baldwin Brad was born on September 16‚...

Posted by Charleston Fire Department on Friday, June 9, 2017
 

A tribute to Captain Louis Mulkey “The son, the brother, the coach, the friend” Submitted by Battalion Chief Larry...

Posted by Charleston Fire Department on Saturday, June 10, 2017
 

A tribute to Firefighter Brandon Kenyon Thompson Submitted by Captain David Griffin Brandon was born on May 2, 1980,...

Posted by Charleston Fire Department on Sunday, June 11, 2017
 

A tribute to Firefighter James Earl Drayton Submitted by Battalion Chief Kenny Jenkins James Earl Drayton joined the...

Posted by Charleston Fire Department on Monday, June 12, 2017
 

A tribute to Assistant Engineer Michael J. French - “Frenchie” Submitted by Battalion Chief Brian Brown Michael...

‎Posted by Charleston Fire Department on‎ יום שלישי 13 יוני 2017
 

A tribute to Captain Theodore Michael (Mike) Benke Submitted by Battalion Chief Michael Hanuscin Theodore Michael “...

‎Posted by Charleston Fire Department on‎ יום רביעי 14 יוני 2017
 

A tribute to Firefighter Melvin Champaign Submitted by Assistant Chief Joseph Roberts Melvin was born on March 9,...

Posted by Charleston Fire Department on Thursday, June 15, 2017
 

A tribute to Captain William Hutchinson III (Billy) Submitted by Assistant Chief Raymond Lloyd Captain William “Billy”...

Posted by Charleston Fire Department on Friday, June 16, 2017

 

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