This past weekend, the Raleigh Fire Department paid tribute to Assistant Chief Keith Tessinear, who died of cancer in the line of duty last year.
On Saturday, October 3, and Sunday October 4, at 8:00 p.m. each night, the city’s twenty-nine fire stations went dark, and activated their apparatus emergency lights for one-minute of silence. Watch videos:
Also in tribute this weekend, the Shimmer Wall at the Raleigh Convention Center glowed red in tribute. It was part of the Light the Night initiative of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which encouraged communities across the county to recognize fallen firefighters last week.
Assistant Chief of Training W. Keith Tessinear, 55, was recognized as part of the NFFF national memorial ceremony on Sunday, October 4. Due to COVID, the annual event was virtual this year.
Chief Tessinear passed way on August 29, 2019. He 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.