8 fallen NC firefighters honored during memorial service in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Eight fallen firefighters from North Carolina were honored in Raleigh, Saturday.

Firefighters from across the state attended the memorial. Since 1902, more than 270 firefighters have been honored. Saturday, eight were remembered, six of them died in 2015.

The memorial included speakers, bagpipers, and the families of the fallen firefighters  received an American flag.

“We lost a firefighter in ’96.  To see the families, the firefighting service, and everybody come together it’s so meaningful to us – the healing aspect of it, and what it means to the families of the firefighters,” Bahama Fire Chief Len Needham said.

Also Saturday, Richard Sheltra, 20, was laid to rest.

The Pineville volunteer firefighter died last Saturday night while fighting a fire at a store near Charlotte.

Investigators said Sheltra suffered smoke inhalation in the store and later died at the hospital.

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