Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation (MFRSMF) announces there will be no formal tribute to honor Maryland’s fallen fire and rescue services personnel in Annapolis this year. Due to continued restrictions on large gatherings and requirements for physical distancing the annual memorial scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2020 has been canceled.

This year the following heroes were to be recognized:

Thomas Chew, United Fire Company, Frederick County – June 30, 1934

Earl Derr, Independent Hose, Frederick County – May 1, 1948

Michael R. Powers, Libertytown VFD, Frederick County – June 25, 2019

Kim D. Weber, Fallston Vol. Fire & Ambulance Company., Harford County — Oct. 2, 2019

Otis L. Isaacs, Jr., North East Fire Company, Cecil County – Dec. 29, 2019

“Please keep the families of this year’s memorial in your thoughts and prayers and never forget all of those who have been recognized in years past for making the ultimate sacrifice,” said Foundation President Dennis Beard. The families of these individuals have been notified and alternative arrangements will be made to properly recognize the passing of their loved ones when it is right to do so. The families will also be recognized during the annual memorial in 2021.

The MFRSMF is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Its mission is to honor fire and rescue personnel who die in the line of duty serving Maryland’s citizens. The Foundation maintains the memorial and park located at 101 Calvert St. in Annapolis and each year, members are joined by firefighters, rescue personnel and families of the fallen to mount name placards along a brick memorial for eternity. To learn more about the Maryland Fire-Rescue Memorial Foundation, watch past memorial services, or make a donation to support the efforts of the Foundation, please visit