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Charleston holds ceremony to remember fallen firefighters in Woolworth building blaze

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It's been 64 years since the Charleston Fire Department suffered the greatest number of line-of-duty deaths in its history.

On that night, seven firefighters lost their lives in a blaze at the Woolworth Building in downtown Charleston.

The names of the fallen firefighters are:

George Alexander Coates, 28

James Paul "Jiggs" Little, 26

Richard Ellsworth McCormick, 34

Frank Norton Miller, 31

Emory Clyde Pauley, 51

Thomas Franklin Sharp, 50

Fred Clarence Summers, 27

Charleston firefighters held a vigil on Monday morning to remember the men. Firefighters said two of the men who lost their lives were African American and weren't even allowed to sit at the Woolworth lunch counter at the time of the fire.

Members of the current force said the brotherhood remains strong to this day.