Fallen Oklahoma fire heroes honored at national service in Emmitsburg, MD

Monday, October 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Emmitsburg-AP) -- The 104 U-S firefighters killed last year in the line of duty were honored over the weekend at the National Fire Academy in western Maryland. Two of those who died were from Oklahoma.

More than five-thousand people watched as the names of the dead were added to a monument during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The ceremony honored firefighters from 30 states and Washington D-C. They included six Worcester, Massachusetts, firefighters killed in a warehouse fire and three firefighters from Fort Worth, Texas, who died fighting a church fire.

Congress designated the site in 1990 as the official memorial to all firefighters who die on the job. Since its creation, two-thousand-77 names have been added to the memorial.

The Oklahomans added to the list were 42-year-old Midwest City firefighter James Clark the third and 54-year-old Jackie Mac Garnett of the Quapaw Volunteer Fire Department.

Clark was killed as he and another firefighter were struck by a car as they tried to help an accident victim. Garnett died as he was about to respond to a grass fire.