The monument was erected with private funds in 1995 to honor those Chesapeake Firefighters who have given their lives in service to mankind.

Fire Department Memorial
In Memory and in Honor of Those Who Have Made the Supreme Sacrifice in Service to Mankind

A.L. Johnson, Volunteer

September 1, 1964

After returning to Station 12, Cedar Lane, from what had been dispatched as a structure fire, Volunteer Firefighter Johnson suffered a heart attack in the station and died.

Captain Sherman W Goddin, Sr.

September 30, 1973

A 20-year veteran of the department. He was overcome by smoke while fighting a house fire in the Western Branch section of the city.

Firefighter Jerrold W Branch

April 13, 1986

While off duty, he responded to a commercial fire in his hometown of Dendron, Va. During firefighting operations, he suffered a fatal heart attack on the scene.

Firefighter Specialist, John R. Hudgins, Jr. & Firefighter Specialist, Frank E Young

March 18, 1996

While fighting an intense fire in a commercial building, both were trapped and killed by a roof collapse.

Fire Fighter's Prayer
A Firefighters Prayer

When I am called to duty Lord,
wherever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save a life,
whatever be it's age.

Enable me to be alert, 
and hear the weakest shout 
And quickly and effectively, 
put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling Lord,
and give the best in me
To serve my every neighbor,
and protect his property.

And if according to Your will,
I have to loose my life
Please bless with your protecting hand,
my children and my wife