Friday, September 19, 2014

Oregon National Guard member added to Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial

Nancy Farrar (center) is assisted by a member of the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard (right) as she adds her cousin’s name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Melvin Claude Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have Richardson added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
 
An Oregon National Guard Soldier was added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and honored in a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Sal em, Ore.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) added five Oregon fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty to the list of names on the memorial. The ceremony brought together multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies from throughout the state, including members of the Oregon National Guard, to honor the fallen and their families.

Melvin Claude Richardson, age 18, of Albany, Ore., was killed on September 6, 1935 when a flaming tree branch fell and struck him. He was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres in the Willamette National Forest.

Richardson's cousin, Nancy Farrar, contacted the DPSST to have his name added to the wall of the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial. Farrar also added his name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during the ceremony.
 
A combined Honor Guard representing multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies fold the American flag during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore.  A member of the Oregon National Guard, Melvin Claude Richardson, was added to the memorial and honored during the ceremony for his selfless sacrifice while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Members of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard, including their Dalmatian mascot, kneel at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial honoring fire fighters killed in the line of duty during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. Five Oregon fire fighters were added to the memorial and honored during the ceremony, including a member of the Oregon National Guard, Melvin Claude Richardson, who was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
More photos from the ceremony are posted on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157647774428115/


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