NORFOLK, VA. (WAVY.com) -- "We will never forget." Thatpromise was echoed at a memorial, Friday, as survivors of oneof the Navy's largest tragedies gathered at Naval StationNorfolk.
"Never forget that firefighting aboard a ship is your majorconcern," says Ken Killmeyer, retired Navy.
At the ceremony, Killmeyer was surrounded by fellow survivors ofthe Forrestal fire, and the memory of 134 who lost their lives inthe blaze. The Forrestal survivors talked about that day, July 29, 1967 when a jet on board the ship accidentally fireda rocket into another armed jet setting off chain reactionexplosions.
On that day, one crewmember in particular stood out as ahero.
"When that fire started he went out there with a hand fireextinguisher, right toward the plane that was burning and had abomb right there," says Tom Leisher, Retired Navy.
Chief Gerald Farrier lost his life that day, but his memorylives on at the Farrier Fire Fighting Facility at Norfolk's NavyBase.
"Everybody in the fleet comes to firefighting school in some wayshape or form," says Petty Officer Fowler of the U.S. Navy.
Inside of the Farrier Facility, sailors learn how to savelives.
"We're going to instruct them and train them how to combat fireson board the ship, flight deck or interior," says Fowler.
Because of the Forrestal Fire, the Navy implemented changeslike, "Weapons improvement, weapons handling, fire fightingprocedures, fire fighting equipment," says Killmeyer.
"We've got to continue ordinance safety so an incident like thatnever happens again," says Stuart Carson, retired Navy.
Charges have been made in a domestic abuse investigation involving a 74-year-old woman in Elizabeth City.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.