The Palm Coast Fire Department hosted a ceremony in which they dedicated a new ladder truck in memory of Marine Sergeant Zachary J. Walters, reports FlaglerLive.com.
The city posted to Facebook, “The Fire Department took delivery of a 2021- E-One Cyclone 100’ Ladder Truck earlier this year. The Ladder Truck will be placed into front line service offering additional fire protection for all of Flagler County. Sgt. Walters was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Lejeune. Sgt. Walters and a fellow marine were killed on June 8, 2010 while on patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
He was a graduate of Flagler Palm Coast (FPC) High School, Class of 2005.Zachary got his start in the Junior ROTC Program while at FPC. The day after graduation, at age 19, he joined the Marine. He was laid to rest with full military honors at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.Firefighter-Paramedic Christopher Strozier, who is a Navy Veteran, proposed to dedication idea. Strozier stated, “We often forget why we have the rights and freedoms we do. Dedicating the fire engine to the memory of a Gold Star Family is a small way to show our appreciation for what they have sacrificed.
The Fire Department plans to dedicate a Fire Engine annually to a local Gold Star Recipient. Sergeant Walters’ mother, Regina Walters, and grandmother, Lorie Minor, were on hand to unveil the Ladder Truck’s dedication.”