Dozens of firefighters from across Maine gathered in Augusta Saturday to remember their fellow first responders who died in 2014, reports wcsh6.com.
Two of the 39 firefighters who died in 2014 died in the line of duty.
The event comes right before National Fire Prevention Week starts in the first week of October.
Firefighters called out the names of the deceased and rang a last alarm in their honor.
New this year was a blessing of the firefighter’s helmet and those who wear it.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins also spoke to the crowd, praising first responders for their bravery.
“It definitely strikes a different chord. We’re all pulled together by a common thread,” said South Portland Fire Chief Kevin Guimond. “We all do this job because we love it.”
15 years ago, there were 12,000 firefighters in the state of Maine. Now there are only 6,000.
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