Richmond FD among contingent paying respects to fallen Delaware firefighters

Richmond FD among contingent paying respects to fallen Delaware firefighters
Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes (Photo credit: WCAU via Wilmington Fire Department)
Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes (Photo credit: WCAU via Wilmington Fire Department)

WILMINGTON, DE (WWBT) - Members of the Richmond Fire Department joined hundreds of their fellow brothers and sisters in traveling to Delaware where two of their own perished in a fire that has now been ruled an arson.

Wilmington firefighters Lt. Christopher Leach, 41, and Jerry Fickes Jr., 51, lost their lives in a fire at a home on Sept. 24 after the first floor of the burning row home collapsed, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.

The fire injured four other firefighters, two of them critically.

Saturday, a memorial service was held in Wilmington at Chase Center on the Riverfront where firefighters, first responders and the general public came together to honor the two men.

The memorial service was considered the main ceremony, said firefighters, as it was the only event where departments were able to stage their apparatus as part of a static display of honor.

Honors guards and pipes and drums were invited to also attend the funerals and memorial service.

NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that a 27-year-old relative of the homeowner has been charged and arrested on murder charges in connection with the deadly blaze.

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