Local Fallen Firefighter Chris Blankenship Honored
EMMITSBURG, MD – The 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters
Memorial Service honored two firefighters who died in the line of duty from
Tennessee. They were among the 79 firefighters who died in 2015 and 33
firefighters who died in previous years who were remembered at the official
national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on
Sunday, October 9.
Firefighter Christopher M. Blankenship, age 41, of the Madison County Fire
Department died after he was struck by a falling tree at the scene of an
accident on May 3, 2015. Lieutenant Terrence M. Pryor, age 48, of the
Memphis Fire Department suffered a heart attack and died after he
responded to multiple calls on May 25, 2015.
Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on
the Academy grounds. The national tribute was sponsored by the National
Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland
Security’s U.S. Fire Administration. Thousands attended the service,
including the family of Firefighter Blankenship, Fire Chief Eric Turner,
members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries.
Families received flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National
Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum
units from across the country also participated in this national tribute.
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