More than a hundred people came out to the 12th Annual Memorial at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to remember the lives of two fallen firefighters -- Randall E. Parker from the Macon Bibb-County Fire Department and Ricky Gene Thurman of the Swainsboro Fire Department.
Firefighters presented a proclamation and medallion to the family members of both men.
At the memorial ceremony, there was a presentation of colors and music presented by the Georgia Public Safety Pipes and Drums. The, a procession led the service to the Memorial Wall, where names of fallen firefighters are etched in stone
Pat Wilson of the Coweta County Fire Department said these two men were courageous in their fight and influenced many by their selfless acts of kindness.
“They don't preach brother or sisterhood to mankind, firefighters live it. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that both of these men were the truest of heroes,” said Wilson. “They were both passionate for the fire service and they and showed compassion for the people they served."
According to Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Marvin Riggins, Lt. Parker battled a structural fire in February 2015 and the floor gave way, subsequently trapping him in. He was the first firefighter under Riggins' watch to be killed in the line of duty.
“He was a go-getter type of person, and a positive person, and a great leader,” said Riggins.
He continued to say that we will never forget the sacrifices that were made by the many men and women across this country.