Fallen Portland firefighters will be honored Monday
Fallen Portland firefighters will be honored at the 111th annual David Campbell Memorial ceremony Monday, June 27.
Portland Fire and Rescue will hold the ceremony at Portland Firefighters Park between Southwest 18th and 19th avenues, south of Alder Street. It will begin at 10 a.m.
The David Campbell Memorial Association was established in 1913 to commemorate the memory of Portland Fire Chief David Campbell, who died in the explosive Union Oil fire in Southeast Portland on June 26, 1911. The Campbell Memorial has added the names of all Portland firefighters who subsequently have died in the line of duty while protecting life and property in the city of Portland.
Portland Fire & Rescue Pipes & Drums will begin the ceremony, which will be followed by the posting of the colors and national anthem by the Honor Guard. A wreath will be laid on the memorial and then Firefighter of the Year, Audrey Tollefson, will toll the bell while the names of 75 fallen Portland firefighters are read, including Lt. Jerry Richardson who died last November of cancer. Brief statements will be read by Division Chief A.J. Jackson, a close family friend of Richardson, and a representative of the city of Portland representative. The Kingsley Award will be presented to firefighter Bob Stere to wrap up the memorial.
A previous Portland Tribune story on Lt. Richardson can be found here.
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