The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Colorado Springs Local 5 holds a Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony every September in Colorado Springs, Co. to pay tribute to those who died in the Line of Duty. It is attended by hundreds of IAFF members and families of the fallen each year. In total, 8,637 names are etched into the memorial wall. The names include those who died on the job, as well as those who died from toxic exposures, including deadly carcinogens at Ground Zero. Visit the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial website for a list of names on the Wall of Honor and other information.
The following Surrey Fire Fighter members have died in the Line of Duty and have been added to the memorial wall.
David Rivett (71yrs) Cancer – Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (2021)
William A. Robertson (77yrs) Cancer-Myeloma (2020)
Leslie A. Dionne (70yrs) Cancer-Leukemia (2019)
Ernie Dombrowski (46 yrs) Nature of Fatal Injury: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2015)
Randy Piticco (61 yrs), Nature of Fatal Injury: Lung Cancer (2015)
Kevin Hegarty (54 yrs), Nature of Fatal Injury: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2015)
Patrick L. Glendinning (57 yrs), Nature of Fatal Injury: Esophageal Cancer (2008)
John W. Watt (57), Nature of Fatal Injury: Esophageal Cancer (2007)
Wendell J. Dicks (55), Nature of Fatal Injury: Brain Cancer (1995)
Always remembered and Never Forgotten
On January 1, 2019, Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act came into effect, which now includes presumptive coverage for specific types of cancer and heart injuries for firefighters and fire inspectors.