Cauthen to be honored today at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

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By Reece Murphy

Reece Murphy
The late Dennis Cauthen, former chief of Elgin Volunteer Department, will be honored today, Oct. 7, during a ceremony at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md.
Cauthen, 54, died Aug. 16, 2011, after suffering a heart attack following a fire on 15th Street in Lancaster.
Cauthen, a member of Station 6 for 31 years, along with other South Carolina firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2011, will be honored during the 31st annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
Cauthen is among 80 firefighters who died in 2011.
Their names, along with the names of five firefighters who previously died in the line of duty, will be added to a wall of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial during the ceremony.
More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the event including members of Congress and other government officials, family members and friends.
This will be the third time Cauthen and Startex Fire Department Assistant Chief Robin E. West have been honored.
The two were honored during a similar ceremony at the S.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Columbia in April and inducted into the S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame in June.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151