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Fallen firefighters honored six years after dying in Millworks fire

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

Two fallen firefighters will be honored on Friday, more than six years after they died in a fire in 2008.

Justin Monroe and Victor Isler were killed fighting a massive fire at Salisbury Millworks on March 7, 2008. A firewall in the building collapse, trapping the men inside.

The annual ceremony was slated to be held last week, on the actual anniversary, but had to be postponed due to the threat of severe weather.

The service was held Friday morning at the memorial site in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

WBTV's David Whisenant was there and talked with Isler's brother. He'll share that interview later in the day on Friday.

Captain Rick Barkley was also seriously injured in the 2008 fire and had to be rescued by a rapid intervention team.

"If it wasn't me, it was going to be somebody else. It was just fate, you can't change what happened," Barkley told WBTV in 2009.

More than a year after their deaths, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a report about the fire.

The report noted that during the deadly fire, more than 10 percent of radio transmissions were "cut off" and 30 percent could not be understood.

As a result of investigations, the City of Salisbury purchased new radio systems built to tougher, military standards that are designed to work in actual fire conditions such as those found on the Salisbury Millwork incident.

At the time of his death, Monroe was close to completing a degree in fire sciences. Five months after his death, U.S. Representative Howard Coble presented a posthumous degree from Central Piedmont Community College to Monroe's parents.

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