The U.S. Fire Department will commemorate the lives of 119 firefighters who died on duty in 2020 and previous years during the 40th National Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters on Sunday, October 3, 2021. A local memorial service will also be held that day at 3 p.m. at the main fire station in downtown Bonners Ferry.
During national service in Emmitsburg, Maryland, a bronze plaque with the names of the fallen will be officially added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Here in Boundary County, the names of the fallen are read aloud in a program that includes several fire fighting traditions historically used to honor the dead and the presentation of our nation’s colors by the Boundary County Fire Rescue Honor Guard.
“Firefighters have an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion that enables them to willingly take enormous risks to serve those in need,” said Chief Dennis Compton, chairman of the board of directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is evidence of the ultimate sacrifice made by these brave men and women. All who visit the memorial year-round pause to honor these firefighters and reflect on the courage, sacrifice and strength of their survivors. “
More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, administrators and firefighters, are expected on October 3rd. Firefighters honor guards and whistle and drum units from across the United States will attend this national memorial service.
Here in Boundary County, the public is invited to attend the local ceremony, which is preceded by a parade of fire devices that begins at Super 1 and ends at the main fire station. The program begins at 3 p.m. and is sponsored by the Boundary County Chaplain Corps. The Providence Bible Presbyterian Church is also supporting this commemoration as a participant in the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters program.
A full list of the fallen firefighters who were honored can be found at http://weekend.firehero.org. For information on Bells Across America for fallen firefighters, visit www.bellsacrossamerica.com. For more information, contact the Boundary County Chaplain Corps at 208-267-3327.