The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Honors Hundreds

Monday, October 4th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A nation says thank-you to a Tulsa Firefighter who died in the line of duty.

Warren Myers Jr. died of a heart attack while returning from a call in early 1998. His wife and son and others took part in the National Firefighters Memorial Service Sunday in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Firefighters paid respects to 91 other colleagues who died in the line of duty.

Local firefighters also gathered in town to honor their comrades. Tulsa firefighters and cadets say the tribute is for fellow firefighters who have done everything they can to make a difference in the lives of others. Firefighters paid special tribute to Midwest City firefighter, James Clark, who died 8 months ago. Clark put himself between an out of control car and a person he was helping on a routine traffic accident near Midwest City. His wife says although she has shed many tears, she is extremely proud.

"I can't help but beam for him. He was just amazing. He would just be overwhelmed with all that has been done for him," says Janice Clark, firefighter's widow.

Firefighters also honored 12 retired Tulsa firefighters who died this year. Virginia Fortney's husband Bruce fought fires for 47 years.

"It makes me feel good I know that he was appreciated, and that his life work was really worthwhile," Fortney.

Tulsa firefighters say people who laid their lives on the line deserve respect