Kingwood church supports firefighter’s memorial project The Kingwood Church of Christ held its annual special service honoring civil servants, including firefighters, police officers and EMS on Sunday, Oct. 18. Captain James Harlow and firefighter Damion Hobbs of Fire Station 26 who died battling a house fire this year on Easter Sunday were also remembered during this very special event. Dr. Bob Ethington, pulpit minister at the Kingwood Church of Christ, delivered a stirring message entitled ‘The Power of Community.’ The 468 people in attendance, including firefighters and family members from a variety of stations and the families of Chief Harlow and firefighter Hobbs, were all present to witness the special contribution to the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Park project that was presented to firefighter Jackie Hanson and HFD Chief Phil Boriski. “The relationship began the year after Sept. 11. I remember feeling so moved by the sacrifices of the civil servants involved in that tragedy that I felt like we needed to do something to honor them. I felt very determined not to forget them once the initial feelings faded.” said Ethington. Beth Palmer, a member of the church’s Outreach Committee, said, “In 2002, we had our first special service to honor the HFD and HPD. HFD was very receptive and we decided this should be an annual event. We decided to move our special service away from Sept. 11 to no longer just especially memorialize that horrific day but to appreciate the sacrifices of the men and women of HFD District 102 on a daily basis.” This year, in response to the two firefighters from Fire Station 26 who perished in a fire this past Easter Sunday, firefighter Jackie Hanson from Station 101 in Kingwood, initiated a project to create a memorial courtyard in their memory. This small park will be located on the property of Fire Station 26, 7111 Dixie Drive, and will be open to the public. Firefighter Hanson has erected several memorials in the Houston area for fallen firefighters over the years. He said, “With all the recent negative things in the news about the fire department, we’re really a brotherhood of dedicated men and women who each day leave our homes and families to serve. The Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Park will be a reminder to the people behind and for the brotherhood of firefighters of what we did for our community.” Hanson also thanked the companies, families and individuals who have generously donated time, money and materials to this project, including Kingwood Church of Christ, Newton’s Nursery, Garden Expo, Tree Search Farms, KLM Landscape Design, San Jacinto Stone, Frazier’s Concrete, Ewing Irrigation, San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, Republic Harley-Davidson, D & S Truck Parts, the Harlow family and the Hobbs family. For information regarding volunteering, and additional donations to this project, contact Jackie Hanson at 832-622-0139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Fireman Jackie Hanson at Fire station 101.

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