EMMITSBURG, Md. – Firefighters, survivors, family members and others are gathering at the home of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland to honor 80 firefighters who died in 2011 and five firefighters who died in previous years.
Over 6,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, are expected to attend the event. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Various fire service personnel, honor guard units and pipe bands from across the country will be participating.
The 31st National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will recognize 80 firefighters who died in 2011 and five firefighters who died in previous years. Bronze plaques containing their names of the fallen will be added to the memorial. The current plaques surrounding the Memorial list the names of over 3,600 firefighters.
31 states and the Territory of Guam experienced line-of-duty deaths last year. Two other states have firefighters who died in previous years being honored. North Carolina and Texas had the greatest number of line-of-duty deaths recording six in each state. Pennsylvania followed with five deaths. The various deaths resulted from apparatus or vehicle accidents, heart attacks or strokes, falling, drowning, building collapses, explosion, and burn and other causes.
A complete list of those being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information is easily found on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website, http://weekend.firehero.org/live/
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