Dumas firefighters to honor fallen heroes in 1956 Shamrock McKee Refinery Explosion

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 9:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 2:33 PM CDT
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DUMAS, Texas (KFDA) - First responders from around the area are honoring the 19 firefighters who sacrificed their lives over 60 years ago in the Shamrock McKee Refinery Explosion.

The memorial service starts at 6:30 p.m. on July 29 at the Moore County Courthouse in Dumas.

On July 29, 1956, 19 firefighters rushed into the flames to protect everyone in the Shamrock McKee Refinery Explosion in Moore County.

A memorial service is being held on Monday in honor of those who gave their lives in the 1956...
A memorial service is being held on Monday in honor of those who gave their lives in the 1956 Shamrock McKee Refinery Explosion. (Dumas Fire Department)

This is the fourth largest firefighter loss of lives in the U.S. for a single fire incident involving industrial or structural fire protection.

Dumas Fire Department, Sunray Fire Department and Valero Emergency Response Team will participate in the service.

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