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Cleveland Firefighters Take TUFF Titles

Cleveland Firefighters Take TUFF Titles

Cleveland Daily Banner

October 03, 2010

CLEVELAND – Cleveland firefighters brought home three titles from the Tennessee Ultimate Firefighter (TUFF) competition held recently at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle.

Sixteen firefighters from the Cleveland Fire Department competed in the event to benefit the Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

“I am proud that Cleveland firefighters compete in this event each year,” stated Chief Chuck Atchley.

“It’s a great event and the competition is tough, but Cleveland firefighters once again proved they are among our state’s best by bringing home so many awards,” added Atchley.

Richard Lesniewski won first place in the 40-and-over division, Michael McCabe took third in the career department division, and Greg Hooper, Rocky Eulo, Josh Woods, Chris Townsend and Richard Lesniewski finished third in the career team division event.

Cleveland Fire Department will also be involved in National Fire Prevention week as well as honoring those fallen firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Cleveland Fire Department flags will be lowered to half-staff this weekend at Cleveland Fire Department as it honors two fallen firefighters from Tennessee and 80 others who died in the pass year, as well as the memory of others killed in the line of duty over the years.

“This affects all firefighters,” said Atchley.

The 29th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor two Tennessee firefighter who have died in the line of duty in previous years. Forestry Aide 2 Mansel L. Hopper was 74 when he died in 2007, clearing a fire trail as a preventative measure. Cpl. Robert M. Weber, 23, of the U.S. Marine Corps, died while on duty in August 2004.

“We will be lowering our flags to half-staff in honor of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Atchley.

According to Atchley, in October 2006, President George W. Bush approved legislation requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on all federal buildings to memorialize fallen firefighters. The legislation prompts the gesture to occur annually in conjunction with the observance of the NFFF service.

The flags will be lowered today, according to Atchley.

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