WARREN - Seven Warren firefighters who died in the line of duty will be remembered May 4 with a memorial marker and dedication ceremony.
Fire Capt. Tom Walker and Lt. Paul Lamosek said they have been discussing placing a marker for firefighters at the Memorial Park section by the log cabin on Courthouse Square. The site currently houses memorials for police officers and veterans.
Warren Firefighters Local 204 Memorial marker will include the names of seven firefighters and the years they died. They are Leroy Bartholomew (1931), Lee O'Brien (1936), Ora Smith (1943), Eugene Spahr (1955), Henry Mann (1966), Roy Kujala (1969) and John Mock (1974).
''They all made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty since the Warren Fire Department began,'' Lamosek said, noting that they do not have the records from the late 1800s, when the department formed.
He said a line-of-duty death is any that happens while on duty or within 24 hours of getting off duty from a fire or incident.
Lamosek said the firefighters are looking for any family or friends of the seven firefighters to speak about them at the event.
In the line of duty:
Leroy Bartholomew 1931
Eugene Spahr 1955
''I have already been in contact with the Spahr family,'' he said.
Walker said he knows of two victims with local family and at least one who has out-of-town relatives.
''I have been in charge of handling firefighter funerals for 20 years, even the retired firefighters who die later. We always pay tribute with an honor guard, flags and a nice ceremony,'' Walker said.
Lamosek said there have not been any deaths on duty for nearly 40 years.
''There has been talk about needing to do something to remember these guys,'' he said.
The marker is being prepared by O.T. Beight Monuments and is being paid for with private donations.
Walker said he will serve as emcee at the ceremony, and Brian Crites of the police department has been asked to play bagpipes. Dennison, fire Chief Ken Nussle and Mayor Doug Franklin have all been asked to speak.
To contact the fire department about one of the fallen firemen, call 330-841-2542.