The U.S. Fire Service honored two firefighters, who died in the line of duty, from Arkansas during the 37th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 7, 2018. They are among the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 firefighters who died in previous years who were remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Fire Chief Scotty Douglas Deckard, age 51, of the Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department, was killed
on April 30, 2017, by a passing motorist after he exited his car to check water conditions along the
highway during severe storms.
Captain Randy R. Treat, age 71, of the Kingston Rural Volunteer Fire Department, died on August
26, 2017, after falling ill while responding to an emergency call.
Their names were added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds.
The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the
Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials
and firefighters were expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units
from across the U.S. participated in this national remembrance.
To view the list of firefighters go to www.firehero.org.