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Kanawha County firefighter to be honored during National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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A West Virginia firefighter is among those being remembered this weekend at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

It will take place on Sunday at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Joseph "Joey" King was a member of the Davis Creek-Ruthdale Volunteer Fire Department in Kanawha County. He died on December 4, 2011 when he fell from a bridge while investigating a fire near Charleston.

The man who set that blaze, 38-year old Charles Roberts, pleaded guilty to third and fourth degree arson and involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to six years in prison back in August.

King and 79 other fallen firefighters from around the country who died in 2011 are being honored during the three day event.

The weekend gets underway Friday night when the loved ones of those being honored arrive at the Training Center. All of their expenses are paid for through the Foundation. Saturday will be filled with events to honor the individual firefighters, including a candlelight service. The memorial service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday.