Honoring the Fallen

Firefighters, family, friends and community members gathered in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighter Memorial to honor the six Seattle firefighters being added to the memorial in Occidental Square.

The local ceremony marks the beginning of the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. During the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend, firefighters from around the country honor those courageous firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. Seattle’s six firefighters are among 95 firefighters being memorialized in 2017.

Each of these firefighters are deeply missed by the department and community.

  • Stephen Lohr joined in 1990, assigned to Engine 2, and the Fire Alarm Center. In 1994, Lohr promoted to Firefighter/Paramedic. Firefighter Stephen Lohr passed away on July 28, 2009.
  • Jess Hernandez joined in
  • Wallace F. Goulet joined in 1982, assigned to Engine 9 and Engine 17. Firefighter Wallace Goulet passed away on June 28, 2014.
  • Joshua Milton joined in 2013, assigned to Engine 20. Firefighter Joshua Milton passed away on December 11, 2015.
  • Tristan Smith joined in 2009, assigned to Engine 40 and Ladder 8. Firefighter Tristan Smith passed away on April 14, 2016.
  •  Scott Steed joined in 1990, assigned to Ladder 8, Ladder 6, Engine 41 and the Fire Marshall’s Office. Firefighter Scott Steed passed away on October 19, 2016.

The ceremony started and ended with the presentation of colors by the Walter E. Kilgore Memorial Honor Guard. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band played several musical selections and the audience heard from Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Local 27 President Lieutenant Kenny Stuart, Local 2898 President Deputy Chief Tom Walsh and Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson.

The Honor Guard placed ribbons on the Memorial Pike for each firefighter being honored this year, before placing the  wreath and ringing the bell one last time. A special signal of five rings, four times, represents the end of the firefighter’s duty and that they will be returning to quarters. To signify that the fallen have given their lives for the good of the city, their tasks completed, their duties well done, the bell is rung. Their last alarm, they are going home.