Beaufort-area firefighters pay tribute to fallen Charleston firemen

Beaufort-area firefighters will pause today to remember nine South Carolina firemen who died in the nation's worst firefighting tragedy since Sept. 11.

The state's fire service will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Charleston furniture store fire that killed nine firefighters from the Charleston Fire Department with moments of silence and a memorial service today in Charleston.

"This is a dark day in the history of South Carolina's fire service," said Lee Levesque, spokesman for the Lady's Island-St.Helena Fire District. "We will stand by our brothers and sisters and anything they need, we will try to provide. We will never forget those nine and their sacrifice and the lessons to be learned from this tragedy."

The Beaufort Fire Department is sending four firefighters and a firetruck to Charleston to cover for its staff, said Lt. Dan Byrne, spokesman for the fire department.