News in Brief

Issue 5 and Volume 156.

St. Louis Firefighter Derek D. Martin recipient of 2003 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award The late Firefighter Derek D. Martin of the St. Louis (MO) Fire Department was named the recipient of the 2003 Ray Dow-ney Courage and Valor Award. His widow, Angela Jeanine Martin, accepted the award at FDIC 2003. Firefighter Martin, 38, died of injuries sustained while attempting to rescue his colleague, 38-year-old Captain Robert Bruce Morrison of Rescue Company 1, during a fire at the Gravois Refrigeration Company in St. Louis on May 3, 2002. In accepting the Courage and Valor Medal and cash award of $25,000 on behalf of her husband, Mrs. Martin noted: “Derek loved the fire department and his job, but he loved the Lord and his family more. We miss him so much. Each day is a struggle.” Firefighter Martin left behind also three children: 14-year-old Jordan, 12-year-old Denzel, and 4-year-old Kayla.…

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