Firefighters to honor fallen from 1956 McKee Refinery fire

mckee 1956 Shamrock McKee Refinery fire

"Firefighting is a brotherhood.  We remember the fallen, and we make sure that we honor their memory," said Dumas Fire Department Chief Ronald Pray.  The Dumas Fire Department, along with the Sunray Volunteer Fire Department and the Valero Emergency Response Team, will be conducting a ceremony to pay tribute to the 19 who died in the line of duty on July 29, 1956 fighting the Shamrock McKee Refinery fire and explosion, the fourth deadliest industrial/structural fire in United States history.  Only three other incidents, including 9-11, killed more firefighters than the McKee disaster, according to Pray.  The ceremony will take place on July 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm on the lawn of the Moore County Courthouse near the memorial that was erected in the wake of the tragedy.

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