CA Firefighters Memorial To Honor Fallen Station Fire Firefighters

Hundreds of uniformed firefighters from throughout California will gather at the State Capitol in Sacramento on October 16 to pay tribute to California firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our state safe. The California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony and Firefighter Procession will honor 31 individuals whose names will be added to the California Firefighters Memorial. The Memorial, unveiled in April 2002, honors the more than 1,100 fallen California firefighters who have lost their lives. A uniformed firefighters procession will begin at 11:15 a.m. (staging at the Capitol South Steps) and the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

The annual Memorial Ceremony honors firefighters who died in the line of duty, either from injuries sustained in the line of duty or from job-related causes. Among those to be honored at the solemn gathering will be six Los Angeles County firefighters, including Fire Captain Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones, who lost their lives in the devastating 2009 Station Fire while struggling to save over 60 people who were at the hilltop camp. Additionally Captain Philip Arreguin, Jr., Captain Carrie Henger-Neff, Engineer Tonya Burns, Los Angeles County Fire’s first African-American female firefighter, and Engineer Richard Carr’s names will all be added to the Memorial Wall.


WHEN:                                    Saturday, October 16, 2010
                                    Uniformed Procession: 11:15 a.m.
                                    Ceremony: 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:                              CA Firefighters Memorial, Capitol Park, State Capitol, Sacramento
PROGRAM:                      Lou Paulson, President, California Professional Firefighters
                                    Harold A. Schaitberger, General President, International Association of Fire Fighters
Garrett Coryell, Engineer, Riverside Fire Department
Sheldon Gilbert, President, California Fire Chiefs Association
Pipes and Drums of California Professional Firefighters
VISUALS:                          -- Color Guards, traditional Pipe and Drum Band procession of uniformed firefighters from
                                                   Capitol South Steps to CA Firefighters Memorial in center of Capitol Park
-- Reading aloud of names of fallen firefighters; presentation of flags to families
-- Traditional “last alarm” bell ringing honoring firefighters lost in line of duty

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