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Lt. Eddins plaque added to memorial at Memphis Firefighter's Museum

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

On Sunday, Memphis came together to honor our fallen heroes--firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. A new name was etched into the Firefighters Museum monument.

It was a day for the Memphis firefighting community to come together, and tearfully remember those who answered the bell, and paid the ultimate price. 

"I get choked up every year," Fire Director Gina Sweat said. "What they did for the City of Memphis really matters; it matters to us. It's our way of showing respect to them."

A new plaque was added to the "In Memoriam" wall at the Firefighters Museum. In April, 30-year-veteran, Lieutenant Rodney Eddins collapsed after a fire on Marigold Lane and died at age 57 from a heart attack. His widow, Denise Eddins, says she was touched by Sunday's memorial service.

"I'm glad to see the plaque, but I just wish it wasn't him," Eddins said. "I do. I just wish my husband was here."

Denise says the support of the people behind her, her family, is what has gotten her through the last 5 months, especially after the insurance company, The Hartford, refused to pay Rodney's life insurance claim. Just this week, Memphis City Council unanimously approved covering the full $320,000 claim. Sunday, Denise got her first opportunity to publicly say thank you. 

"I was very proud of the city, the way city council approved everything and Mayor Strickland. I was very impressed," she said. 

But no amount of money will take Rodney's name off this plaque.  

"To be honest with you, it's been hell for me because I think about Rodney every day," Eddins said. 

Sunday, Memphis firefighters made sure the name Rodney Eddins, and the sacrifice he made, will never be forgotten.  

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