June 18, 2024, will mark the 17th anniversary of the tragic Super Sofa Store fire. In remembrance of this somber event, the Charleston Fire Department will pay tribute to the nine firefighters who lost their lives by conducting a 24-hour watch at the Memorial Site located at Station 11.

This vigil for the Charleston 9 will commence at midnight on June 18, 2024, and will continue until 2359 that same day. The Charleston Fire Department remains steadfast in honoring the memory of the Charleston 9 by continuously striving for excellence in all aspects of fire service. This commitment encompasses professionalism, leadership, safety, risk reduction, advancements in science and technology, and comprehensive training.

In addition to these efforts, department members also wear commemorative logos on their uniforms as a tribute to their fallen comrades.

– Submitted by Macy Morehart