The Los Angeles County Fire Department honored four fallen personnel Wednesday during the annual Firefighters Memorial Service at headquarters in Los Angeles.
The names of Fire Fighter James F. Horton, Fire Captain Janet L. Chatelain, Fire Captain John D. Mazzocco and Fire Fighter Specialist Darrell Rice were added to the Firefighters Memorial Wall on May 1.
The ceremony included remarks from Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby, Fire Captain Guy Horton, Chaplain Matt Winters and Chaplain Scott Tolcher, as well as the annual reading of the wall’s names, which date back to 1929.
The memorial is a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Each year, people gather together to spend time in the company of others who know what it is like to have lost a loved one—be it a spouse, a parent, a child, a friend, a sibling or a fellow coworker.
The memorial wall was a project started in 1988 by the wives in the Family Support Group, who wanted something to honor their spouses. On May 6 of that year, they formed the nonprofit Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial Committee, Inc. About seven years and nearly $60,000 later, they broke ground on the Memorial Wall.
The memorial serves as a reminder of those we have lost and the sacrifices made by personnel. It gives families a place to return to and lets everyone know that our firefighter brothers and sisters will never be forgotten.