Fire Department to honor fallen firefighters

The Biloxi Fire Department will conduct two graveside memorial services Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of  the deaths of Edwin Kurt Jacquet Sr. and Carl Ohr, two Biloxi firefighters who died in the line of duty.

The first service will be at 9 a.m. at the Old Biloxi Cemetery at Jacquet’s gravesite, and those attending will then travel to Southern Memorial Park off U.S. 90 for a service at Ohr’s gravesite.¬†Current and retired firefighters as well as the families of Jacquet and Ohr are invited to attend the ceremony.

It was on Oct. 20, 1986 when Ohr and Jacquet lost their lives while fighting a house fire on Reynoir Street. ¬† Ohr’s oxygen tank ran low and in an effort to save him, Jacquet threw his own helmet out a nearby window, a firefighter’s last effort to alert others of distress.

A small memorial is set up at the West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum off Howard Avenue for the two firefighters, ¬†as well as for Anthony Bernard Rousseau who lost his life in the line of duty in 1951. The city’s Station 2, on Howard Avenue, is named for Jacquet, and the Back Bay station, Station 3, on Elder Street, is named for Ohr.

In its 133 years, the Biloxi Fire Department has lost three firefighters in the line of duty.
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News and notes

Dinner at MGM Park: On Thursday, Oct. 27, the public is invited to “The Social Supper, An Edible Experience” at the MGM Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ¬†The four-course meal will be prepared by Chef Milton with Soigne by Bacchus in Ocean Springs. ¬†Tickets are $50 per person. ¬† For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Seniors Halloween lunch: The Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Seniors Halloween Bash on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road.  Adults age 55 and older are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and enjoy free lunch and music.  To see the flyer, click here.