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During the May 19, 2016 meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, tribute was paid to honor the three line-of-duty deaths the Forsyth County Fire Department has experienced since its inception. Roads renamed as a way to memorialize and honor Allyn Lane, Dennis C. Martin and Brant Chesney were the focus of a presentation during the meeting.

  • Lane was a volunteer firefighter for Forsyth County who died in an automobile accident en route to his fire station to respond to a call in 1975. The roadway leading into Shady Grove Campground is designated as “Allyn Lane Memorial Way.”

  • Martin was a volunteer firefighter for Forsyth County who died in an automobile accident en route to his fire station to respond to a call in 1984. The roadway leading into Coal Mountain Park is designated as “Dennis C. Martin Memorial Way.”

  • Chesney was a full-time firefighter with Gwinnett County and a volunteer firefighter for Forsyth County who died in the line of duty in 1996 while battling a structure fire in Forsyth County. The roadway along Forsyth County Fire Station 10 on Old Atlanta Road is designated as “Brant Chesney Way.”

We owe a debt of gratitude to these courageous men who fell while in service to this county.

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