Fallen firefighters of 2001 remembered

Issue 12 and Volume 155.

Some 10,000 firefighters were in Washington, D.C., on National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Memorial Weekend (October 4-6) to honor the 446 firefighters from 32 states (347 were killed at the World Trade Center on 9-11) who died in the line of duty last year. On Sunday, the firefighters marched through downtown Washington to the MCI Center, where this year’s National Memorial Service was held. They joined with the families of the fallen heroes, honor guard units, and bagpipers in the Procession of Honor, or Sea of Blue. Featured at the service, moderated by Hal Bruno, NFFF board chairman, and Ron Siarnicki, NFFF executive director, were U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer, who led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, and U.S. Representative Curt Weldon, who delivered a message from President Bush. Keynote speaker Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, was introduced by Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe…

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