Goodfellow hosts Annual Department of Defense Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexander Spears, 312th Training Squadron instructor, rings the bell three times, three times in a row at the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. The ringing of the bell in this pattern symbolizes a fallen firefighter’s duties are over and the still living will take on the duty of protecting those left behind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexander Spears, 312th Training Squadron instructor, rings the bell three times, three times in a row at the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. The ringing of the bell in this pattern symbolizes a fallen firefighter’s duties are over and the still living will take on the duty of protecting those left behind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

President of the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation, Mike Robertson, presents Chief Mark Guiliano, Fire Emergency Services Flight, 96 Civil Engineer Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, with a firefighter helmet in honor of Assistant Chief Edward Vanner at the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Vanner was a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard 143rd Airlift Wing before passing away June 17, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

President of the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation, Mike Robertson, presents Chief Mark Guiliano, Fire Emergency Services Flight, 96 Civil Engineer Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, with a firefighter helmet in honor of Assistant Chief Edward Vanner at the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Vanner was a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard 143rd Airlift Wing before passing away June 17, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Cline, 312th Training Squadron commander, Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, salute after a wreath is placed on the memorial during the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Goodfellow and the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation joined together to create the Firefighter Memorial in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Cline, 312th Training Squadron commander, Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, salute after a wreath is placed on the memorial during the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Goodfellow and the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation joined together to create the Firefighter Memorial in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard posts the colors while Patriotic Blue vocalists sing the National Anthem to commence the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony at the Firefighter Memorial on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. The ceremony is held to honor fallen firefighters across the DoD. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard posts the colors while Patriotic Blue vocalists sing the National Anthem to commence the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony at the Firefighter Memorial on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. The ceremony is held to honor fallen firefighters across the DoD. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

President of the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation, Mike Robertson, presents U.S. Army Safety and Fire Emergency Services Program Manger Chief A.J. Eversley, with a plaque in honor of firefighter Chief Charles Crist at the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Crist died of a heart attack Feb. 26, 1967 after returning from an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/ Released)

President of the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation, Mike Robertson, presents U.S. Army Safety and Fire Emergency Services Program Manager Chief A.J. Eversley, with a plaque in honor of firefighter Chief Charles Crist at the Fallen Department of Defense Firefighter Memorial ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Crist died of a heart attack Feb. 26, 1967 after returning from an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/ Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Goodfellow held the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial ceremony for Department of Defense firefighters at the Firefighter Memorial on base, April 27.

There were new names added to the memorial this year, and roses placed to honor those who died in the line of duty.

In the year 2017, the DoD Fire Department lost 90 current and former firefighters. The fire protection techniques of the present are forever changing to adapt and overcome new obstacles, but are steeped in 200 years of tradition. One such tradition is the sounding of a bell. A bell signaled the beginning of a day’s shift and also served as an alarm. At the end of putting out the fire a bell would signal to all that the firefighters had completed the task. In honor to that tradition, a bell is rang three times and repeated three times as a special way to symbolize the end of a firefighter's duties.

This year the fallen firefighters honored included, Chief Charles Crist, Assistant Chief Edward Vanner, and Chief Ted Typhus.

Col. Shawn Moore, Detachment 6, Air Force Installation and Mission Support commander, was the guest speaker. Moore is a former commander of the 312th Training Squadron on Goodfellow Air Force Base.

“Those who we enshrine into this memorial transcend what we may have otherwise thought of firefighting,” said Moore. “They gave everything, that ultimate sacrifice is not to be taken lightly.”

This memorial is for all former military firefighters, even if a firefighter crosses into the civilian sector they can be honored at the memorial.

“This is what we envisioned when we began,” said Tech. Sgt. Kyle Dobler, 312th TRS fire inspector course noncommissioned officer in charge. “To preserve old ways and equipment and to honor those who have paid that ultimate sacrifice.”