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Fallen firefighter memorial service at Silver Lake

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It was a somber afternoon for the Rochester Fire Department on Tuesday as they took time to remember two of their own and a child who died 60 years ago.

On Christmas Eve 1953, a 9-year-old boy was out on the ice on Silver Lake when he fell through.

Five firefighters responded to the scene. 40-year-old Stanley O'Brien and 38-year-old Ambrose Riley crawled onto the thin ice to try to save the boy but fell in and went under along with the boy. Both men were pulled from the icy water and taken to Saint Marys Hospital where they later died.

The boy was pulled from the water and pronounced dead at the scene. On Tuesday afternoon, all three are remembered for their courage and bravery that fateful day.


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