Funerals, memorial services for Wilmington firefighters

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Plans are now in place to honor two Wilmington firefighters killed in the line of duty on Saturday.

Funeral services begin Thursday for one of the two firefighters killed fighting a house fire Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware.

A public viewing for Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, Jr. will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church, 2033 Graves Rd. in Hockessin, DE today from 5 - 8 p.m. Fire personnel are asked to pay their respects at that time.

A second viewing will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. on Friday, with a private service to follow. This event is for family, friends and members of the Wilmington Fire Department only. Seating and parking will be extremely limited at this church.

Services for Lt. Christopher Leach will be held Friday at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 809 S. Broom St. in Wilmington.

A viewing at 10am for family, friends, Wilmington Fire Department members and local first responders will be followed by a funeral mass at noon.

A joint memorial service honoring both firefighters will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, located at 815 Justison St. in Wilmington.

The service will be open to the public. Doors will open at 12 p.m.
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