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Bridge dedicated to fallen Kanawha County firefighter

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A volunteer firefighter who was killed in the line of duty is being memorialized in a very special and public way.

Arietta King said not a day goes by that she doesn't think about her brother, Joey King.

In 2011, the seven year veteran of the Davis Creek-Ruthdale Volunteer Fire Department was looking for a fire in the Davis Creek area when he fell from a bridge on Route 119.

Arietta said he died instantly, doing what he loved to do.

"He gave to the community one awesome thing, his life," she said.

Crosses and flowers now surround the place where King gave the ultimate sacrifice, but Arietta said she wanted to do something more for her brother.

"I wanted something that everyone remembered Joey when they saw his name," she said.

So, she did. After months of writing to the state, she received the letter she'd been hoping for.

The bridge on Route 214 South near Oakhurst Drive has been renamed, 'The Joey King Memorial Bridge'.

Arietta said this public display is something her brother would be proud of.

She said he lived just around the corner and drove over this bridge for 30 some years.

"He gave his life. He served his community. That shows an honor from the state and I think it's well deserved," she said.

Gone but never forgotten, she said these signs and flowers will keep her brother's memory alive.

"He was there when you needed him. He was there for a lot of people."

Charles Roberts, the man who set the fire King was looking for, is serving prison time for his death.  He previously pleaded guilty to arson and involuntary manslaughter charges in relation to this case.

King would have been 61-years-old this August.