Fallen Firefighters Remembered at Service

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the midst of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Sunday, local law enforcement officials paused to remember and honor firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Friends, family and fellow police and firefighters gathered for the Cleveland Firefighters Shamrock Club’s 21st annual memorial service.

The family of late firefighter John T. McKenna, of Engine Company No. 14, presented a wreath at the Firefighters Memorial between the Great Lakes Science Center and First Energy Stadium.

McKenna died Aug. 13, 1963 after an explosion at a trucking company on Carnegie Avenue.

The annual memorial service honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1863.

The total number lost is 76. The first was Paul N. Aukens on Feb. 25, 1969, and the most recent was Capt. Ed Carey who passed away in 1995 after suffering injuries 16 years prior at a fire.