Fallen Trumann fire chief to be honored at memorial service

Fallen Trumann fire chief to be honored at memorial service

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The late Chief Ricky Winkles, Sr. of Trumann will be honored at the 34th Annual National Firefighters Memorial Service in Washington, D.C.

Chief Winkles collapsed and died at the scene of a grass fire on Jan. 28, 2014.

He is one of five Arkansas firefighters who died in the line of duty to be honored at this year's memorial service in the nation's capitol.

The other Arkansas firefighters to be honored are:

  • Captain Dennis A. Channell, 55, of the Poyen Fire Department who suffered a stroke on Feb. 9, 2014, after responding to an EMS call. He died on Feb. 10.
  • Pilot Jacob T. Harrell, 33, of the Arkansas Forestry Commission died in a plane crash on Jan. 31, 2014, while on a fire detection flight during multiple wildland fires.
  • Assistant Chief JB Hutton, Jr., 77, of Dermott Fire Department collapsed and died on the scene of a grass/brush fire on Oct. 1, 2014.
  • Chief Randall R. Pogue, 49, of the Oak Grove Fire District #25, died on Feb. 19, 2014, from injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle crash while responding to an accident on Feb. 2.

The service, honoring them and 84 other firefighters, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

For more information on the service, as well as a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored, visit www.firehero.org.

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