Missourians gather to honor fallen firefighters

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KINGDOM CITY - Friends and family gathered at the Firefighters Memorial of Missouri Saturday night to honor those who died since May 2014. 

Dozens gathered to commemorate lives lost with a candlelight vigil. Attendees watched a tribute video including information about each firefighter who passed away in the last year. Those that were honored included seven Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty, two of whom were killed in 2014. 

Acting State Fire Marshall Greg Carrell said, "Firefighters across Missouri sacrifice time at home with their own families in order to rush to burning houses, overturned vehicles and other emergency calls. We remember the heroes we lost for the commitment they made to improve their communities and the examples they set for others in the fire service."

Lt. Bruce Britt of the Columbia Fire Department was included in the honors. Britt was killed in February of 2014 after a walkway collapsed while he was helping to evacuate students from University Village apartments in Columbia.

Attendees also honored Chief Eddie Johnson from the Alton Volunteer Fire Department, Firefighter George Hill of the Camdenton Fire Protection District, Assistant Chief Clarence Stiles of the St. Joseph Fire Department, First Assistant Chief William Huebner of the St. Joseph Fire Department, Engineer Herman Metz of the St. Joseph Fire Department, and Firefighter Blass Argus also from the St. Joseph Fire Department. 

A separate ceremony was set to be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to individually honor the lives of the seven Missouri firefighters killed in the line of duty.