Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Firefighters gather in honor of 9 dead

Firefighters gather in honor of 9 dead

  • Updated
  • 0

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Fire Capt. Ken Dammand stood in his dress uniform, his eyes reddening, as the families of nine dead firefighters filed into a packed coliseum for their memorial service Friday.

Dammand and a colleague were among thousands of firefighters who traveled from across the country to mourn the Charleston firefighters killed in a furniture store blaze Monday night.

In the coliseum, nine coffins sat before large photos of the fallen firefighters: Capt. William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48; Capt. Mike Benke, 49; Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34; Mark Kelsey, 40; Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37; Michael French, 27; James "Earl" Drayton, 56; Brandon Thompson, 27; and Melvin Champaign, 46.


Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


Breaking News

Weekend Things to Do

News Alert