Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) conducted a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11 at Fire Station No. 34 in Cutler Bay where a new memorial honoring the life of firefighter Lieutenant Dewey Henry was unveiled.
Miami-Dade Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell sponsored a resolution naming the interior road between the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 34 and the Miami- Dade County South District Station as “Memorial Way” in memory of Lt. Dewey Henry, Police Officer Jose Somohano, and all fallen heroes.
In attendance were Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Vice Chair Lynda Bell, Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall, Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Genaro “Chip” Iglesias, and Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson, among family, friends, and coworkers.
On Sept. 11, 1994 while fighting a large early morning warehouse fire, Lt. Henry and his crew became trapped inside the burning building after a structural collapse of a loft caused large rolls of carpet to fall on them. He made the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved to do. A wreath was placed on the new memorial by his crewmembers who were with him that day.
The ceremony took place in front of the memorial built by members of MDFR’s Station No. 34. Bell presented two proclamations, one for the fire rescue department and another one for the police department honoring the life of Officer Somohano who also lost his life in the line of duty.