ST. PAUL -- A Rochester firefighter who died in the line of duty will be honored at the state Capitol next week along with seven other firefighters from throughout the state.
Rochester firefighter Peter Mackey, who died July 24, 1942, will be honored as part of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation's Memorial Service Remembrance Program on Sept. 29.
During the program, a column will be unveiled honoring Robert Maki, a Keewatin firefighter who suffered a fatal heart attack at the fire station following a fire call on Sept. 17, 1973. As part of the unveiling, a flag will be presented to his family. A flag will also be presented to the family of Francis Edey, a St. Paul firefighter who was killed in a wall collapse while fighting a fire on Oct. 21, 1900, according to the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation.
The program begins at 10:45 a.m. that day with an inter-denominational prayer service. At 11:30 a.m., fire service personnel from the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation’s founding organizations will read the Honor Roll – all 227 names of fallen firefighters who have died in the of duty since 1881. Their names have been inscribed on columns throughout the nationally recognized memorial, located on the south side of the Capitol grounds. The memorial service is held each year on the last Sunday in September, which has been designated as the state’s official day to honor Minnesota’s fallen firefighters.
The service begins at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at approximately 3:20 p.m
Firefighters from Shakopee, Minneapolis, Virginia, St. Paul and Mankato are will also be honored.
Rochester Fire Capt. Peter S. Mackey's name is painted on one of the fire department's newest engines. His name was the first to be placed on an engine. Mackey died at the station while on shift. He was found by crew members, in the bedroom of the fire station. Mackey served before the use of breathing apparatus. He was a 22-year veteran of the department and served in France during World War I, according to the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation.
Those planning to attend the free event are asked to RSVP on the Eventbrite page, which can be found at www.eventbrite.com and searching Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service 2019.