EMMITSBURG, MD. - The 26th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor one Oklahoma firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2006. He will be among the 82 men and 5 women from 33 states remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg.
Four firefighters who died in previous years will also be honored. Firefighter John Destry Horton, age 32, Grady County Fire Service/Acme Fire Department suffered burns while fighting a wildfire and died 24 days later on March 24, 2006.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security will sponsor the official national tribute on October 7, 2007. This ceremony marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week designated by President Bush to focus national attention on the destruction of property and loss of life caused by fire.
As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger. During 2006, 87 firefighters died in the line of duty, making firefighting one of the nation's most dangerous occupations. 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 will attend the event. Families receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial.
Honor guard units from two Ohio fire departments will participate in the Memorial Service, and Ohio fire service personnel will serve as family escorts. The service will begin at 10 a.m. (EDT). Many fire departments across the country will conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half-staff, sound sirens at noon, and observe a moment of silent tribute.