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By Chief Richard Susi
May 11, 2024

The RI Firefighters Memorial added five names to its Line of Duty Death Wall of Honor. The wall now honors the names of 154 RI firefighters from 1828 through 2023. The annual Celebration of Service was held on May 11, 2024 with a large contingent of firefighters, honor guards, color guards, RI Professional Pipe & Drum Band, chiefs, dignitaries and family & friends of the fire Service.

Added to the wall this year were the following,

Chief John H.P. Burdick – North Kingstown FD - January 14, 1929
Assistant Chief Albert Gervasini – Misquamicut FD – April 25, 1971
Deputy Chief Robert T. Gardner – Richmond Carolina FD – January 26, 2023
Battalion Chief James L. Varin – Providence FD – February 27, 2023
Lieutenant David Simas – West Warwick FD – June 5, 2023

Deputy Chief Kevin Quinn of the Union Fire District was the keynote speaker. Quinn is a member of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the past chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council. A Maltese Cross wreath of flowers was placed at the monument by Chief Quinn, Scott Kettelle, Chief of the North Kingstown FD & retired Deputy Chief Paul Reed of the Cranston FD. RI Fire Academy Director, Chief Mark Pare, was the master of ceremonies.

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