E-704 Re-dedicated to Jeffrey L. Dieter, Sr. on 40th Anniversary of LODD
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Ocean City Fire Department Honors Fallen Firefighter on 40th Anniversary with Dedication Ceremony
Ocean City, MD - On Sunday, July 16, 2023, the Ocean City Fire Department held a solemn yet heartfelt re-dedication ceremony for Engine 704, a tribute in honor of the late OCVFC Firefighter Jeffrey L. Dieter, Sr. The ceremony took place on the 40th Anniversary of Firefighter Dieter's Line of Duty Death, as a touching gesture to commemorate the invaluable contributions he made to the department's history.
July 16, 1983, remains etched in the memories of Ocean City's firefighting community as a day of profound loss and bravery. At approximately 6:30 a.m., a devastating fire broke out at the Saute Cafe, situated at 123rd Street and Coastal Highway in North Ocean City. The flames escalated rapidly, reaching a 4-alarm status, and necessitating the efforts of approximately 115 firefighters to bring it under control. Tragically, while battling the fire, the building's roof collapsed, claiming the life of 24-year-old, Ocean City Firefighter Jeffrey L. Dieter.
Deputy Chief James L. Jester expressed the importance of commemorating Firefighter Dieter's selfless service, stating, "Today, we gather to remember a true hero, Firefighter Jeffrey L. Dieter, Sr., who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. His bravery and dedication to protecting our community serve as an enduring inspiration to each and every one of us in the Ocean City Fire Department. We honor his memory today as we re-dedicate Engine 704, symbolizing the ongoing commitment of our firefighters to serve with valor and selflessness."
The re-dedication ceremony of Engine 704 stands as a powerful tribute to Firefighter Dieter's legacy, an emblem of the undying spirit that drives the men and women of the Ocean City Fire Department. As the department pays homage to the past, they also recommit themselves to the safety and well-being of the citizens they proudly serve.
Photos from today’s re-dedication of Engine 704 can be found at the link below; video is published on our departments Facebook Page.