Local firefighters to be honored as part of national memorial

Local firefighters to be honored as part of national memorial
Left to right: James Bissonnette of Broken Bow, Michael Moody of Purdum, Darren Krull of Elwood, Christopher Parker of Fairbury (Photos courtesy of NFFF)
May 4th, 2023 | Andrew Lacy

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Four Nebraska firefighters will be honored this weekend as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.

The tribute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will recognize 144 firefighters who have died in the line of duty over the past two years, including four from Nebraska:

  • James Bissonnette of the Broken Bow Fire Department died on September 23, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19.
  • Chief Darren Krull of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department was a passenger in a vehicle responding to a wildland fire on April 7, 2022. The vehicle was struck head on by a water transfer truck. Chief Krull died at the hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash
  • Assistant Chief Michael Moody of Purdum Rural Fire District suffered a heart attack while fighting the Bovee Fire near Halsey and died on scene on October 2, 2022.
  • Captain Christopher Parker of the Fairbury Rural Fire District #8, died on November 16, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19.

Each firefighter’s name will be inscribed on a bronze plaque and become a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices.

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, May 7, at 9 a.m. CT and will be available to stream online at firehero.org.


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