Fallen Marshfield Firefighter Added to Line of Duty Memorial Wall

Published 05/18 2014 07:44PM

Updated 05/18 2014 10:41PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored Sunday morning.

Three names of men who died in 2013 were added to the Firefighters Line of Duty Memorial Wall, including Marshfield's Lt. Matt Blankenship.

Lt. Blankenship died of injuries he received while fighting a house fire in Niangua last July.

Sunday his family was in Kingdom City for an annual service remembering those who paid the ultimate price.

"These people really were our heroes," Acting Missouri Fire Marshal Greg Carrell said on the phone Sunday.

Their names are now etched into the Line of Duty Memorial Wall in Kingdom City, Missouri.

"To give your life for a total stranger to me is surely the most moving act you possibly could do and that's what these gentlemen have done," Carrell said.

He presented a proclamation from the governor to Blankenship's family Sunday morning.

"We can never fully understand what they're going through, but we offer our help our assistance and our services. We are all one family," he said.

Carrell sees all the firefighters whose names are now on this wall as community heroes.

"They never ask is the person a friend, family member, they get the call and they go. It's absolutely selfless service," he said.

And he said this annual ceremony is a good chance for the community to thank the families of these heroes.

"So they know that they're not unique in their experience that there are others out there to help them go through what they're going through," he said.

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