Twelfth Annual Fallen Heroes Remembrance Service

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery


5668 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, Tennessee  38119



Hannah R. Moore

(901) 767-8930

April 25, 2017

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery is proud to host the Twelfth Annual Fallen Heroes Remembrance Service on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.   The ceremony will be held at the Fallen Heroes Monument, just west of the Poplar Avenue entrance to the cemetery at 5668 Poplar Avenue.


This year’s event will honor three public safety heroes who died in the line of duty during 2016:


  1. Memphis Police Sergeant Verdell Smith - killed by a vehicle driven by a fleeing felon
  2. Memphis Fire Department Lieutenant Rodney Eddins – died shortly after collapsing at a fire scene
  3. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier - killed during an undercover drug deal


“Our Memorial Park staff is humbled by the sacrifices made by these men.  We give them special recognition and also pay tribute to all of the heroes that risk their lives to ensure the safety of others,” said Richard L. Williams, General Manager of Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.


Area mayors, chiefs of police, sheriffs, fire chiefs and other officials are scheduled to attend.  Special tribute will be given to family members representing law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency workers who have given their lives for others since the late 1800s.


“We are also pleased to have Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings as our speaker at this year’s Fallen Heroes Remembrance Service,” added Mr. Williams.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Pipes and Drums Corps along with the Wolf River Pipes & Drum Corps will join honor guards from various law enforcement agencies and fire departments.  Helicopters with the Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Hospital Wing will fly over the cemetery during the event.  The Memphis Police Department Peacemakers will also sing.


The ceremony is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served following the event.  For more information, contact Memorial Park Funeral Director Hannah R. Moore at (901) 767-8930.                         

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