Each name tells a story. This year, the IAFF will share 168 compelling stories of professional fire fighters and paramedics who paid the ultimate price protecting their communities. From the fatal cancers and respiratory diseases that claimed the lives of those who spent weeks on the pile at the World Trade Center searching for their missing brothers, to the raging wildfire at Yarnell Hill in Prescott, Arizona that took the lives of 19 fire fighters, each is a story of a courageous fire fighter who one day did not make it home.
Year after year, families of the fallen and their brothers and sisters in the fire service — numbering in the thousands — make the pilgrimage to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial for this most solemn and emotional tribute in the fire service today. Cast in shadow of Pikes Peak, pipers and drummers will march, and folded flags will be presented to family members. A bell will toll 168 times, once for each fallen fire fighter who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community.
A complete list of firefighters who died in the line of duty in the last year and whose names are being added to the Wall of Honor on the Memorial grounds can be found here. Details about the service and the Wall of Honor are here. The entire Memorial service will be streamed live online and can be viewed here. Interviews can be arranged on request.
This year’s ceremony will bring the total number of fire fighters honored on the Wall to 2,976 representing all IAFF members who have died in the line of duty since 1976, including the 347 IAFF members who perished 13 years ago this month on September 11, 2001. This year also marks the final ceremony before the planned reconstruction of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. Visit the IAFF Charitable Foundation web site for information or to make a donation.
The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading advocate in North America for the safety and training of fire fighters and paramedics and represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect communities in every state and throughout Canada. More information is available at www.iaff.org