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Oregon Honors and Remembers 169 Fallen Fire Fighers
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Friday September 22, 2017 - 11:25 AM
 
The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training hosted the 12th annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial today, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. The ceremony was held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Tim Moor, President of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and Fire Chief of Redmond Fire & Rescue, was this year's guest speaker.

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The names on the memorial span more than a century of service. These are not just names of firefighters. They are the names of co-workers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and friends.

Each name on the memorial tells the story of the Oregon fire service. The memorial recognizes what is believed to be the first line of duty death in Oregon which occurred on August 16, 1891 when Firefighter James Reed of the Protection Engine Company #4 collapsed and died of a heart attack while pulling a hand-drawn fire engine to a blaze in Portland, Oregon.

Following the featured speaker, honor guard members read the names of Oregon's fallen, tolled a fire bell in their honor, and place two wreaths next to the memorial wall recognizing deceased career, volunteer firefighters who protect Oregon' communities, airports, and natural resources.

At the end of the ceremony, the U.S. flag was folded and placed at the memorial wall by the combined honor guard while "Amazing Grace" was played by the combined pipes and drums and a bugler playing the solemn notes of "Taps."

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The State memorial, which was established twelve years ago on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, honors 169 structural and wildland fire fighters, both career and volunteer. It also is a way to share with the families of the fallen that we will never forget.

While no names were added to the Oregon memorial this year, in a few weeks, thousands will gather at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 7 -- 8, 2017 where the names of 67 firefighters who died in 2016 across the United States will be added during a solemn ceremony.

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml

More information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at http://www.firehero.org