South King Firefighter Moncrief Honored with Line of Duty Death Funeral Service

South King Fire & Rescue Firefighters and their families honored and celebrated the life of Firefighter John Moncrief Saturday (July 28) in Federal Way.

Moncrief, 59, died July 21st from a cancer known to be caused from long term exposure to toxic products of combustion. His death from this type of cancer is considered a line-of-duty occurrence and he will be memorialized on the State monument.

Neighboring fire service members attended to pay tribute to John as did many local elected officials and dignitaries from around the state including a representative from the Governor’s office.

Firefighter Moncrief was hired by Federal Way Fire Department (now South King Fire) on February 1, 1989. He retired from South King Fire & Rescue on March 31st, 2011 after a 22 year career to spend time with his family. However, in January of 2011, he was diagnosed with an advanced stage cancer. He is survived his wife of 25 years Bev, daughter Tessa, and son Trevor.

John was known throughout his career as a thorough and diligent firefighter and this made him an excellent teacher to the many fellow firefighters. He worked most of his career at Station #66; the Redondo/Woodmont Station at the southern edge of Des Moines.

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