8 NY fallen firefighters honored, names added to Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Last year more than 100,000 firefighters in New York answered 1.4 million calls.

Unfortunately, some of those who put their lives on the line for others give the ultimate sacrifice.

For the 19th year, names have been added to the fallen firefighter memorial wall.

Eight names were added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall, including the name of Captain Jack Rose who died during his service to the Mount Marion Fire Department last year.

Captain Jack Rose died in December of 2015 while responding to a chimney fire in Centerville.

Words from the Bible that he lived by rang loud at the fallen firefighter ceremony.

“No greater love hath man, than to lay down his life for his friends,” Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul reciting John 15:13.

His fellow firefighters with the Mount Marion Fire Department remembered their friend.

“Out on a call that’s exactly how he was. He would always care for anybody else, he was just a caring person,” John Lichtenberg, Mount Marion Fire Department firefighter, said.

“Everything he did he was always one of the first ones there and ready to go,” Steve Gakenheimer, Commissioner at the Mount Marion Fire Department, said.

His family accepted a flag in his honor and saw his name engraved forever on the wall.

“He loved the department, he loved his community, and he loved his family,” Senator George Amedore (R-Rotterdam) said.

Senator George Amedore giving yet another honor to the Rose family. He awarded them with the Liberty Medal honoring Jack Henry Gerard Rose and his years of service.

The highest honor the state senate can give someone.

“Captain Rose was one of those heroes in our communities in the State of New York that fought for his community. He believed in service and really the love of his country,” Amedore said.

He was also dedicated to his department.

“He was always first to go get what had to be done. Go get the tools and go to the fire. He was always there for you and he always had your back,” Glen Johns, Lieutenant at the Mount Marion Fire Department, said.

The Mount Marion Fire Department is also planning their own memorial for Rose as well as a scholarship in his name.

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