On Sunday, October 9, 2016, the U.S. Fire Service will honor the memory of 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2015 and 33 firefighters who died in previous years. The 35th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
“Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need,” said Chief Dennis Compton, NFFF Chairman of the Board. “Each fall, we gather to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty and to let their families, friends and co-workers know they will never be forgotten.”
More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.
NFFF provides live satellite feed and streaming of ceremonies along with video of events for downloading courtesy of VISTA Worldlink and WUSA9.com. For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored go to weekend.firehero.org. There you will also find Memorial Weekend streaming information, videos, photos, and satellite coordinates.
The annual tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration and is possible through the generous support from Motorola Solutions, Department of Justice, State Farm Insurance Companies, Tyco, VFIS, Provident and the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.