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Memorial stone in University Place park recognizes West Pierce firefighters killed in the line of duty

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 11, 2013 at 8:47 am |
March 11, 2013 8:47 am

UP line of duty memorialA memorial stone at a University Place park holds two names: Merritt Nichols and Raymond Kadow.

Both men were volunteer firefighters for West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and both men were killed in the line of duty.

They are now honored by the decorative stone set in 9/11 Reflection Park. Etched into the stone are these words: “We will never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. May they be forever in our hearts and minds.”

It was dedicated March 2.

Nichols was killed May 11, 1962, while responding to a call for a baby that had stopped breathing. His vehicle collided with another volunteer firefighter’s vehicle responding to the same call. Nichols, who served the University Place Fire Department, is survived by his wife and three sons.

Kadow died April 25, 1982, after collapsing outside a house on fire while directing traffic away from the scene. He was recognized as “Lakewood Fireman of the Year” in 1978 and his son, Roy Kadow, went on to serve the Lakewood Fire Department for more than 38 years.

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