LUBBOCK, Texas and EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation honors 215 fallen firefighters, including Lieutenant Eric Hill of Lubbock Fire Rescue, at the 40th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The two-day event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3. October, instead.
Lt. Hill, a 10-year LFR veteran, was killed in a crash on Interstate 27 on January 11, 2020.
Nicholas Reyna, a Lubbock Police Department officer, was also killed responding to the crash.
Firefighter Matt Dawson was critically injured.
The name of Lt. Hill will be added to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial along with the other 214 fallen firefighters.
The following is a press release from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation:
America’s fallen fire heroes who died on duty will be honored at the 40th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 2-3, 2021. The names of 215 firefighters will become a permanent fixture on the National Memorial in honor of their victims.
COVID-related professional deaths are a factor in the tribute now and will continue to be.
On the evening of Saturday, October 2nd, the families of America’s fallen firefighters gather for an emotional candlelight service. During the ceremony, a plaque with the names of the fallen will be placed on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The next morning, the Fire Hero families will attend the memorial service, where a grateful nation honors the sacrifices of their loved ones at the National Memorial.
In 2020, 77 firefighters died on duty. 82 firefighters died in 2019. 46 firefighters who died on duty in previous years will also be honored. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will present each family with an American flag that will fly over the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the US Capitol.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will provide a live satellite feed and online streaming of Memorial Weekend services along with videos of events for download courtesy of VISTA Worldlink at live.firehero.org.
We encourage you to check out the two services on our websites or on social media. A full list of honored fallen firefighters can be found in the 2021 Honor Roll and 2020 Honor Roll.
In addition, as part of the âLight the Night for Fallen Firefightersâ program, communities in the United States will light up landmarks in red, including buildings, bridges, fire stations, and homes.
On Sunday, the National Memorial Service begins ringing bells across the country through our Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters program. For more information on participating in these programs, please visit www.firehero.org.
The annual Memorial Weekend was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The video “America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters” was offered in its place. This year the in-person event will take place but will be closed to the public. Due to ongoing concerns about COVID, only Fire Hero families and Memorial Weekend staff and volunteers will be attending. All local, state, and federal health guidelines are strictly followed.