Thanks to everyone who turned out for this year's memorial ceremony. The event is held each year in Belmar Park in Lakewood as a tribute to all of Colorado's fallen firefighters. We are glad to say that this year, for the third year in a row, no new names have been added to the memorial.
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On May 8th, 2010 the name of Captain Brett Stearns was added to the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Lakewood. Stearns, a firefighter with the Bureau of Land Managment in Craig, was killed June 26th, 2009 by a falling tree.
In 2009, the loss of five other firefighters was remembered:
Captain Shane Stewart of the Ault-Pierce Fire Protection District, who died Feb. 23, 2008 while responding to a medical emergency call.
Chief Terry DeVore of the Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department, who died April 15, 2008 while responding to a brush fire.
Firefighter John Schwartz Jr. of the Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department, who died April 15, 2008,while responding to a brush fire.
Pilot Gert Marais of Aero Applicators (a Colorado State Forest Service contractor) of Sterling, who died April 15, 2008 when his single-engine air tanker crashed while fighting a wildland fire.
Lt. Brion Newkirk of the Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority died on February 27, 2009 from complications caused by an on-the-job injury.