Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services personnel will take part in a nationwide tribute to fallen firefighters this Sunday, October 5.
“All American flags will be lowered to half-staff at Barrow County fire stations on Sunday, October 5,” said Barrow EMS Chief Robert Post. “We are asking citizens and businesses throughout Barrow County to join us in honoring all fallen firefighters by lowering their flags also.”
In October 2001, President George W. Bush approved legislation requiring the United States flag to be lowered to half staff on all Federal buildings to memorialize fallen firefighters. This law requires this action coincide with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
This year’s service, held in Emmitsburg Maryland, will honor 101 American firefighters that died in the line of duty in 2007.
The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service was instituted in 1982 as a way for a grateful nation to honor its fallen fire heroes. The service commemorates the sacrifices of brave men and women as they performed their job.
Chief Post thanked Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services personnel for their bravery and service as they prepare to honor their brother and sister firefighters during Sunday’s observance.
“I want to thank them all personally for the sacrifices they make to help protect the citizens of Barrow County,” he said.
For more information about the memorial service, visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at www.firehero.org.