As a new season was ushered in to the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains by glorious blue skies and crisp autumn breezes, the survivors of 105 firefighters who died in the line of duty were surrounded by thousands offering the support of the Nation's fire service. Some had known or worked with their loved one, while others, who had once walked in their shoes, were there ready to be their helping hand to find comfort and healing.
In a fitting tribute to the selfless dedication, compassion and commitment to service that all firefighters bring to the job, the lives of the fallen were remembered and celebrated during the 29th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 2 - 3, at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) hosted the immediate survivors of those who passed at the Academy, providing travel, lodging, and meals during the weekend, allowing them to fully participate in the weekend. Of those honored during the two-day event, 80 were firefighters who died in 2009 while serving their communities, and 25 were those who died during previous years. Among the 25, 11 were Military firefighters who died while performing firefighting duties between 1981 and 2009, marking the first time that members of the armed services were recognized during the Memorial Weekend.
"Firefighters face inherent dangers every day while protecting the lives and property of their communities. Far too often, they make the ultimate sacrifice," said Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors. "The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend brings their loved ones and the fire service together to honor and remember these selfless men and women. It is a time to reflect upon their lives and to let their families, coworkers, and friends know that they will never be forgotten."
Read: The Full Article on Weekend.FireHero.org
Watch: 2010 Video Highlights
Photos: 2010 Memorial Weekend Slideshow