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Fallen Firefighters Honored

JC AMBERLYN/Miner -- George Henry looks at the new Kingman Firefighter Memorial Park structure Saturday as his wife Margaret (right) and Pam Henry hug.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner -- George Henry looks at the new Kingman Firefighter Memorial Park structure Saturday as his wife Margaret (right) and Pam Henry hug.

There was a ceremony at Firefighter's Memorial Park Saturday evening to celebrate the new memorial constructed there. It honors the 11 firefighters who lost their lives in Kingman in the line of duty on July 5th, 1973, during a railroad tanker explosion. Kingman Fire Chief Chuck Ostermann provided the welcome, the KFD Honor Guard performed a ceremony, and several speakers talked to the crowd that attended the event. The new structure was built by volunteers, and materials were provided by many different businesses, most of them local. CORE Construction was the principal contractor, and Perlman Architects was the principal designer. Ostermann said that Fire Marshall Doug Bradley and CORE Construction employees were the ones who came up with the idea of a permanent memorial, which quickly gained support from the KFD. Pam Henry and Terry Henry, wife and son of fallen firefighter Frank (Butch) Henry, attended the event. Pam stated to the Miner that the structure was "really neat." She expressed gratitude for it but said attending the event was "hard to do ... it brings back memories." Her son, Terry, has followed in his father's footsteps and is an engineer EMT. He thanked the community of Kingman. "The community has always had a lot of support for everyone involved."