Sturgis firefighter memorialized in national service
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Local firefighter David Fischer was memorialized at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday.
A flag outside Rapid City Hall on Sunday was flown at half-staff in honor of the nation’s fallen firefighters including one from Meade County. Governor Noem, on a directive from President Trump, ordered the flags lowered from sunrise to sunset on this day. This action is required every year by law in conjunction with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
That service was held Sunday at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The rain did not stop five-thousand people from honoring loved ones who died while protecting their communities. Family and friends shared tears and hugs as they heard the national anthem, prayers, observed the laying of the wreath, and the bell toll.
One of the 119 firefighters memorialized at the service was David Fischer, the assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Department. He was killed in the line of duty on September 7 of last year when a propane tank exploded during a house fire in Tilford. He was 164-feet away from the tank and died instantly.
“When David Fischer passed away it was a major impact on the community, because we haven’t had something like that hit the community as high and hard. When firefighters die tragically, it’s hard to accept. So in David’s situation he was a military member, a significant player in the Sturgis community, and because its such a low frequency it really did hit hard.” Said Steven Monteforte, with the Piedmont Fire Department.
The National Firefighters Foundation says part of its mission is to provide resources to families rebuilding their lives.