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Memorial marks one year anniversary of deadly Bryan Fire


Families and a community remember the fallen heroes who lost their lives battling a fire one year ago.

The Bryan Fire Department held the memorial service to mark the one year anniversary of the tragic Knights of Columbus Hall fire that killed two firefighters and severely injured two others.

Saturday more than a hundred people came out to show their support.

President of Bryan Firefighters Association Jason Norad says this year has been tough.

"This has been without a doubt the worst year in the history of the Bryan fire department and I know we couldn't have made it through without the support of the community," says Norad.   

Last February, Lt. Eric Wallace died battling a fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Lt. Greg Pickard and firemen Mitch Moran and Ricky Mantey were seriously injured trying to save him. Pickard died in the hospital the next day.

Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor says Wallace and Pickard will never be forgotten.     

"While the sadness and hurt will never go away, each of us should understand how blessed we are to have had them in our lives," says Chief McGregor.

Friends, family members and fellow firemen were there to honor those who died and the men injured trying to save them.

Though it was a somber event it was also a celebration when Moran geared up for duty.

McGregor couldn't contain his emotions as Moran rode off in the truck. Mantey placed a wreath on the memorial as he continues to recover from his injuries.

Lt. Bubba McGovern President of Bryan Protection Company No. 1 says from now on Feb. 15 will always be a day of remembrance.

"So on this day the names of Lt. Eric Wallace and Lt. Greg Pickard be edged into stone, not as a day of sadness but as a day of reflection for what they have done for the Bryan Fire Department the citizens of the city of Bryan and the footprints they have started for us," says McGovern.

Because the memorial is running out of space, the fire department is working on plans to build a memorial wall to honor not only the fallen heroes but also retirees.

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