The U.S. Fire Service honored two firefighters, who died in the line of duty, from Arkansas during the 37th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 7, 2018. They are among the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 firefighters who died in previous years who were remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Fire Chief Scotty Douglas Deckard, age 51, of the Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department, was killed
on April 30, 2017, by a passing motorist after he exited his car to check water conditions along the
highway during severe storms.