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Road renaming ceremony to honor late Forsyth County firefighters

FORSYTH COUNTY — Three fallen Forsyth County firefighters will be honored this week during a presentation to rename roads in their honor.

Set for Thursday during the county commission’s meeting, the ceremony will focus on roads named for firefighters Allyn Lane, Dennis C. Martin and Brant Chesney, all of whom died in the line of duty.

In February, commissioners approved naming the road leading into Shady Grove Campground as Allyn Lane Memorial Way and the road into Coal Mountain Park as Dennis C. Martin Memorial Way.

Both served as volunteer firefighters and died in wrecks while on their way to respond to calls at their fire station. Lane’s accident occurred in 1975, while Martin’s was in 1984.

The roads were chosen because each firefighter has family that lives near the one that will bear his name.

Chesney, a full-time firefighter in Gwinnett County and volunteer firefighter in Forsyth, died in a structure fire in 1996.

The road by Forsyth County Fire Station 10 was named “Brant Chesney Way” some years ago.

This is the second recent renaming of county roads in honor of fallen emergency service personnel.

In April, the county held a naming ceremony in honor of Deputy Bill Cantrell and Reserve Deputy Larry Mulkey, who were killed in a 1972 traffic stop.

The section of North Old Atlanta road from Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) to Ronald Regan Boulevard was named “Deputy Bill Cantrell Memorial Road,” and the section of the same road from Atlanta Highway to Hutchinson Road “Larry Mulkey Memorial Road.”

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the county administration building in downtown Cumming.