Seven years ago when Earl Morphew was killed, brothers and sisters in emergency services across the region vowed to Never Forget. We vowed that the passion for the job that Morphew had would live on through each of us. We vowed to make everyday a training day and to be sure to pass along knowledge to others as he did.
One thing is sure…Morphew will never be forgotten.
When firefighters in Bristol, Virginia, where Morphew was employed as a Sergeant, decided they were going to build a custom firehouse kitchen table, they wanted to pay tribute to Sgt. Morphew. The firefighters worked over the past several months on the table which they built themselves. The table top features the department patch, station logo, and a special inscription in memory of Sgt. Morphew. Several local businesses helped contribute to the project to keep costs at a minimum.
As in year’s past, it has become a tradition for many coworkers to gather together for an evening of fellowship around January 28th. This year, the Bristol VA Fire Department hosted an event for the table dedication at Fire Station 2, the station that Morphew worked out of. Firefighters and family members gathered in the apparatus bay for light refreshments following the dedication. Brother Eric Ramey lead the dedication ceremony by having all of those in attendance to repeat after him to dedicate the table. Ramey was a close friend of Morphew’s and shared a few stories.
One of the most remarkable things is to realize the LEGACY that Morphew left behind. One of the firefighters who helped lead this project never had the pleasure of meeting Morphew. He has heard the stories and is doing his part in the brotherhood of the fire service.
Following the event, the table was placed in the kitchen at Fire Station 2.