North Texas firefighters honored at national memorial

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Posted on October 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Three North Texas firefighters were among those honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park on Sunday.

Their names were among 85 added to bronze plaques at the memorial.

Thousands attended the service in Maryland, including cabinet members and families of the firefighters killed in the last year.

Two of the firefighters honored were from Dallas.

Lt. Todd Krodle died after falling through a roof while fighting an apartment fire in Southwest Dallas in August 2011.

Krodle was born and raised in Hunt County, and lived in Caddo Mills. The 41-year-old coached his two young children and was active in his church.

Dallas firefighter Chris Pham was found unresponsive at his firehouse on June 23, 2011, and died later that day. The medical examiner later ruled the 35-year-old succumbed to coronary artery disease.

Pham was born in Vietnam and graduated from North Garland HIgh School and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Greg Simmons died in April 2011 while fighting a wildfire in Eastland County. It wasn't the flames, but a vehicle that killed him.

Investigators said the thick smoke made it impossible to see, and it appears a car or a fire truck struck Simmons, who was 51 years old.

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