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Norton to Introduce Congressional Record Statement Honoring Alex Graham

Nov 6, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today she will introduce a congressional record statement remembering and honoring the life of District of Columbia firefighter Alex Graham, who died after suffering a heart attack while on duty.  Graham was named the 2018 D.C. Firefighter of the Year for his decades of service to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

In her statement, Norton writes: “He was a humble and dedicated public servant and technician.  As a firefighter with Engine 21 in Adams Morgan, known as the Alley Rats, he worked to protect the lives of D.C. residents.  Graham was known to go above and beyond, ensuring that fire station equipment was top grade.  He meticulously worked behind the scenes, researching equipment issues and fixing them, which at times meant traveling from firehouse to firehouse restringing 500 ladders.”

The full statement is below.

Statement of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Honoring Alex Graham

November 8, 2019

Ms. NORTON.  Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in remembering the life of the District of Columbia 2018 Firefighter of the Year, Alex Graham, a 17-year veteran of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, who died in the line of duty.

Alex Graham suffered a heart attack while on duty, and later died on October 27, 2019, surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital. 

Graham was raised in Annapolis, Maryland, and attended Bowie High School.  He was a humble and dedicated public servant and technician.  As a firefighter with Engine 21 in Adams Morgan, known as the Alley Rats, he worked to protect the lives of D.C. residents.  Graham was known to go above and beyond, ensuring that fire station equipment was top grade.  He meticulously worked behind the scenes, researching equipment issues and fixing them, which at times meant traveling from firehouse to firehouse restringing 500 ladders.

For his efforts repairing fire trucks, maintaining ladders and managing water flow, Graham was named Firefighter of the Year in 2018.  While the limelight did not come naturally, the award was undeniably well-deserved. 

Graham is an irreplaceable member of Engine 21.  He will be remembered for his skills, dedication and humility.  His death sheds light on the tireless work of the department’s men and women to protect D.C. residents.

Madam Speaker, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the life of Alex Graham and his dedication to the safety of District of Columbia residents.  We remember him with tremendous gratitude for his service.

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