Raleigh Fire Department Assistant Chief W. Keith Tessinear, who died of cancer in the line of duty on August 29, 2019, will be remembered this weekend, as part of a local Light the Night tribute, as well as part of this year’s National Fallen Firefighters tribute broadcast on Sunday, October 4, 2020. (The annual NFFF weekend event was cancelled due to COVID.)
Read a tribute to Chief Tessinear in the 2020 Roll of Honor on the NFFF site: https://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/w-keith-tessinear/
Chief Tessinear will also be honored with a local tribute as part of the national Light the Night tribute. The Towers at City Plaza, the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, and the Shimmer Wall at the Raleigh Convention Center will be lit red. This effort was made possible with help of the city’s Communications and Emergency Management departments.
Also, on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, at 7:50 p.m. hours, an “all call” broadcast from the platoon Division Chief to all stations will be made, with a special announcement. At 8:00 p.m. on both days, each engine house will be darkened and all apparatus emergency lights activated for one minute, in remembrance of Chief Tessinear.
W. Keith Tessinear, 55, served 28.6 years in the department. He rose through the ranks as a company officer, chief officer, and Assistant Chief.
Read more remembrances in this city press release, https://raleighnc.gov/news/2020-08-12-light-night-tribute-honoring-assistant-chief-tessinear