Top from left to right-Capt. Henry Harvel and Assistant Chief Denver Lisenby. Bottom from left to right Capt. Charles Berry and Lt. Ray Hicks. The four will be honored in a memorial on Saturday.
Honoring the fallen has been a long time tradition in America and the Kingsport Fire Department will join that tradition.
A memorial wall will be unveiled at Fire Department Station #1, 130 Island Street, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve got four people we are going to be honoring,” said Public Education Officer for the KFD, Barry Brickey. “The ones we are honoring have died in the line of duty over the years.”
The firefighers who will be honored are Lt. Ray Hicks, Assistant Chief Denver Lisenby, Capt. Henry Harvel and Capt. Charles Berry.
Hicks passed away on April 29, 1949. He died after suffering injuries while fighting a commercial structure fire. He was 31-years-old and had served with the fire department for seven years.
Lisenby passed away on April 27, 1972. He died from injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident while responding to a call. He was 52-years-old and had served with the fire department for 24 years.
Harvel passed away on Jan. 26, 1987. He died after suffering a heart attack on duty. He was 52-years-old and had served with the fire department for 25 years.
Berry passed away on Jan. 5, 1988. He died from an apparatus roll-over while responding to a call. He was 54-years-old and had served the fire department for 21 years.
The memorial will be either a black granite or black marble stone memorial hanging on the wall of KFD Station 1 with pictures of the fallen firefighters hanging below the memorial.
Each of these men had a story and a family. When the KFD started mulling the idea of a memorial about a year ago, they made sure to reach out to the families.
“We tried to find the families of those four,” Brickey said. “We are happy to honor each and every family of the members who passed away.”
The idea for a memorial came about when a committee was put together to honor firefighters for the things they do. After discussing it, the committee decided they wanted to do something for the fallen because they were like family.
Even though the KFD will be honoring those that have fallen, the department has not lost a firefighter since Berry passed away in 1988.
Brickey attributes that to the extensive training the firefighters go through. He said they go through extensive training almost every day.
Most of all, he wants the people of the community to know that they are here to help.
“We’re here to support the community,” he said. “We’re here to help protect them and the ones who died in the line of duty, they gave it all.”