Firefighters from across the United States of America (including members of Wake and District) will gather together this weekend at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland. This is an annual gathering honoring those brothers (and sisters) who gave their lives in service. If you were to take a firefighter and strip them of their badge, remove their turnout gear, peel their skin back, and remove the organs – this brotherhood is that small fire that continues to burn inside of them. That small fire cannot be extinguished, cannot be contained, and cannot be taken away. It is what makes these brave men and women firefighters and they should never let personal feelings hamper their decision to help another “brother”. This brotherhood burns even brighter for those who serve and also have chosen to play the pipes and drums. Playing the pipes and drums is how we honor our fallen; no spoken words – just music burning dignity and solemnity into the soul.
This year firefighters (and pipers and drummers) from across North Carolina will have the opportunity to come together in fraternal fellowship to honor our fallen comrades. Although we work for different agencies, wear different uniforms and play different instruments and tunes in different bands – music brings us together FOR OUR FALLEN.
From LEGEROS.com :: On Sunday, October 12, the 33rd Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor five firefighters from North Carolina who died in the line of duty last year. They are among the 98 firefighters who died in 2013, as well as nine firefighters who died in previous years, who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.
- Firefighter Tony Barker, age 36
Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department
Died after being electrocuted while operating at a fire on June 13, 2013.
- Assistant Chief Jeffrey L. Fields, age 51
Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
Died December 25, 2013, from a heart attack after responding on a motor vehicle accident on December 12, 2013.
- Captain David A. Heath, age 48
New Hanover County Fire Rescue
Collapsed then died while participating in department training on October 14, 2013.
- Fire Chief Scott A. Morrison, age 44
Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department
Died after he collapsed at the scene of a brush fire on March 3, 2013.
- Captain Jon Schondelmayer, age 44
Cary Fire Department [also Firefighter with Swift Creek Fire Department] Died after responding to multiple calls on December 18, 2013.
Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which is located on the Academy grounds. The annual national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
More than 5,000 people, including members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters are expected to attend. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.
Visit www.firehero.org for a complete list of the fallen firefighters being honored, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information.
Mike Legeros will be participating again as a volunteer photographer, as part of the Social Media team. See his photos from the 2013 Memorial Weekend, which was his first visit.
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