Firefighters to be honored at National Memorial service


Sumrall Volunteer firefighters Clinton Alvin Beasley and Loretta Sykes will be honored by the U.S. Fire Service during the 37th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Another firefighter from Mississippi will also be honored.

Members of the Beasley family will be in attendance at the service.

They are among the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Deputy Chief Beasley, 80, and Sykes, 53, died on March 15, 2017, after being struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while working at the scene of an MVA involving a dump truck. Fire Chief Billy W. Matthews, II, 71, of the Bassfield Volunteer Fire Department suffered a heart attack and died on Feb. 14, 2017, while operating at a brush/grass fire, working to protect a nearby church.

Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Dept. of Homeland Security.