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Fallen Brothers» Charleston Nine

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the families of the Charleston Nine and the Charleston Fire Department of South Carolina. Charleston Fire responded to a structure fire at the Sofa Super Store and warehouse in West Ashley on Monday June 18, 2007. Shortly after firefighters arrived and two employees were rescued, the roof collapsed killing 9 firefighters.

     A memorial service will be held for the Charleston Nine on Friday June 21, 2007 10AM at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston. For more detailed information about attending the memorial, please visit the Charlston Firefighters Association Local 61. A memorial fund has been established and donations can be made to:

Charleston Firemen's Fund
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402


Capt. William Hutchinson
Age: 48   Years of Service: 30

Visitation for Captain William Hutchinson will be held Thursday June 21 5PM at Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel. Funeral services will be held Friday June 22 2PM at Pinecrest Baptist Church.


Capt. Mike Benke
Age: 49   Years of Service: 29

Visitation for Captain Mike Benke will be held Friday June 22 5-7PM at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Saturday June 23 11AM at Palmetto Community Church followed by interment at Live Oak Memorial Gardens.


Capt. Louis Mulkey
Age: 34   Years of Service: 11-1/2

Visitation for Captain Louis Mulkey will be held Friday June 22 4-8PM and Saturday June 23 12-4PM at the James A. Dyal Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Saturday June 23 6PM at the Summerville High School stadium. A graveside burial will held Sunday June 24 5PM at Summerville Cemetery.


Engineer Mark Kelsey
Age: 40   Years of Service: 12-1/2

Funeral Services for Engineer Mark Kelsey be held Tuesday June 26 in his hometown of Washington, Indiana. From Charleston, Mark's casket will be taken by firetruck to the airport following the memorial service and then flown to Indianapolis and driven home.


Engineer Bradford Baity
Age: 37   Years of Service: 9

Visitation for Engineer Bradford Baity will be held Friday June 22 5-7PM at Stuhr Funeral Home's West Ashley Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be held Saturday June 23 3PM at Charleston Baptist Church.


Asst. Engineer Michael French
Age: 27   Years of Service: 1-1/2

Visitation for Assistant Engineer Michael French will be held Saturday June 23 5-7PM at the Dial-Murray Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service will be held Sunday June 24 2PM at the Berkeley High School gymnasium.


FireFighter James Drayton
Age: 32   Years of Service: 32

Funeral services for FireFighter James Drayton will be set at a later date.


FireFighter Brandon Thompson
Age: 27   Years of Service: 4

Visitation for FireFighter Brandon Thompson will be held Friday June 22 6-9PM at the Parks Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday June 23 6PM at the Stratford gymnasium followed by a burial at the Plantation Memorial Gardens.


FireFighter Melven Champaign
Age: 46   Years of Service: 2

Funeral Services for Firefighter Melven Champaign will be held Monday June 25 12PM at Emanuael Baptist Church in James Island followed by a burial at Stem Point Cemetery on James Island.

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