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Fallen Firefighters Remembered In Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky (LEX 18) - An emotional ceremony was held in Frankfort Wednesday to remember six Kentucky firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The names of Ted Collett, David Conley, Terry Culver, Joseph Johnson III, Jeffrey Millay, and Angela Mullins were added to the Kentucky Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Several members of the Olive Hill Fire Department came to salute Lieutenant David Conley.

"They have not been forgotten.  They are still remembered day to day in everybody's heart and soul.  Most of our members still actually wear fire shirts with his unit number on them," said Olive Hill Assistant Fire Chief Chad Manning.

Jessica Johnson was there to remember her dad, former McMahan Fire Chief Joe Johnson.

"He was just a compassionate guy.  He just loved helping people and he loved the thought of saving lives," said Johnson.  "This is what he thought he was called to do."

Johnson is one of the first names added to the memorial wall for losing a battle to cancer.  In 2016, a bill passed made cancer a line of duty death for firefighters in Kentucky.

"I think it's a great idea.  It's awesome.  People don't realize how often they are exposed to chemicals and other agents that can cause cancer," said Johnson.

Jessica called it a bittersweet victory and said it cemented her dad as the hero he's always been to her.

"I actually asked him a few weeks before he passed away, would you change anything?  And he said, you know, I hate what's going on, but no.  He loved what he did," said Johnson.

To learn more about the memorial click here.

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