KINGDOM CITY, Mo. – Governor Parson has proclaimed Sunday, Oct. 11 as Missouri Fire Service Memorial Day.
On Sunday, Missouri’s fire service honored those who died in the line of duty with a virtual service due to COVID-19 concerns.
The names of three firefighters have been added to a monument wall commemorating Missouri firefighters, including Chief J. Allyn Reding of Duenweg.
63-year-old Chief Reding died from a heart attack just a few hours after responding to a structure fire. Reding started at age 14 as a junior firefighter and dedicated his career to advancing the Duenweg Fire Department.
The service meant a lot to those who knew Chief Reding, including his brother who has taken over his post.
“We took a big hit when this happened, but we stayed strong. The department’s strong, we’re still running. We’re still performing the service that we’re supposed to perform and we’re gonna keep doing that,” said Duenweg Fire Chief Howard Reding.
Next year, organizers hope to hold the Missouri Fire Fighters Memorial in person.
Chief Reding’s family says they plan to be there in attendance.