Wyoming honors its fallen firefighter heroes
Wyoming Fire Academy honored 51 fallen fire heroes on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Val Reed, Co-Commander of the L.A.S.T. Team Honor/Color Guard introduced the bell ceremony for the fallen. “When a firefighter began their tour of duty it would be to the sound of a bell that started it off, when the fire was out and the alarm was over, the bell would ring three times to signify the end. And now, our brothers and sisters their tasks complete, the job well done. The bell now rings three times to honor their life in service.”
Riverton is the site of the Wyoming Fallen Firefighters Memorial. It was proposed to state after the fire season of 1987 and 1988, when many firefighters lost their lives. The memorial is a creation of rocks used from 23 Wyoming counties, all BLM Districts, National Forests, National Parks, and the Wind River Reservation. The Wyoming Memorial is held once a year, with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend set to take place on October 7-8, 2017 at the monument site in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
A letter from Wyoming Governor Matthew Mead was read by J. Michael Reed, State Fire Marshal of Wyoming. “Dear Wyoming Fire Chiefs and Wyoming Firefighters and families of the fallen: I can be there in spirit but not in person as you honor Wyoming’s dedicated Wyoming Firefighters. You are among the selected few in society that run to danger to keep the rest of us safe. The history and tradition of the fire service are second to none, and I am privileged and honored to recognize you and your contributions and the contributions of the fallen.”
The presentation of the Fallen Firefighters, placement of the wreath, and placement of the roses were dear tributes to loved ones who had fallen in the line of duty.
Finding the true joys in serving others, the Wyoming Fire Service fought legislation that would provide benefits to firefighters and families affected by cancer.
The Wyoming Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service was a beautiful reminder in how much love firefighters have for one another and for the communities they serve.
h/t Darrah Perez