Memorial information is released for Wilmington's fallen firefighters

Lt. Christopher Leach, left, and Sr. FF Jerry Fickes, right/(WDEL file)

On Saturday, a joint memorial service for Lt. Christopher Leach and Sr. Firefighter Jerry Fickes will be held at Wilmington's Chase Center on the Waterfront.

The October 1, 2016, ceremony will be one which includes the traditional "Last Alarm," a practice of retiring the emergency responders from service over dispatch.

Over the last couple days, Fickes and Leach were memorialized and buried by their respective families in individual services, but Saturday was arranged to allow the coming together of the entire Wilmington communities--and certainly, the surrounding ones, many of whom are expected to have emergency response members in attendance.

Leach and Fickes were killed, and Lt. John Cawthray, Sr. Firefighter Ardythe Hope, Sr. Firefighter Terrence Tate and Firefighter Brad Speakman were all injured responding to a fire at 1927 Lakeview Road, in the Canby Park section of Wilmington.

Clockwise from top-left: Ardythe Hope, Brad Speakman, Terrence Tate, and John Cawthrey

Clockwise from top-left: Ardythe Hope, Brad Speakman, Terrence Tate, and John Cawthrey

The fire is alleged to have been intentionally set, and Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, 27, daughter of the property owner, has been charged for the deaths.

Traffic in the area of 815 Justison Street should be extremely heavy. Beginning at 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Shipyard Drive and Delmarva Lane will be closed completely to vehicular traffic, Wilmington Police said.

The memorial is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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