Formed in November of 2013, the Cities of Maryville and Alcoa Firefighter’s Honor Guard completed its first full year in existence during 2014. The group was formed to provide a means to show respect for the Fire Service and also to memorialize those that have died in the line of duty. The Honor Guard has completed over 40 hours of training in Honor Guard protocols, including two members attending the inaugural Tennessee Firefighter’s Honor Guard Academy at the State Fire Academy. Since its formation, the unit has executed drills and ceremonies at the following events: Tennessee Fireman’s Association Conference, Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association Conference, Tennessee Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial, and the Oak Ridge Fire Officer Conference. The Honor Guard also carried out the duties for two firefighter funerals.
Members of the Honor Guard include Alcoa firefighters Wayman Whitehead, Mike Harrison and Clint Russell. Honor Guard members from Maryville are Mark Hasty, Chris Pereda, Steven Talbott and John Craw.