Forsyth, GA (August 25, 2014) – While all firefighters are heroes, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way so the public remains secure, some firefighters are more than heroes. Those who are more than heroes are those who have paid the ultimate price – their lives.
For these men and women, we gather to honor their lives, their memories and their sacrifice. This year, the public can honor the firefighters who were killed in the line of duty at the Georgia Firefighter Memorial Service.
The memorial service will be held in the auditorium of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014. This is an annual event which is held in conjunction with the Georgia State Firefighter Weekend, September 5 – 7, 2014.
“The Fire Service is like an extended family. When a Firefighter dies, firefighters from everywhere feel the pain,” said David Wall, Division Director of the Georgia Fire Academy. “The Memorial Wall is just a small token of our appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Firefighters and their families to the citizens of Georgia. We felt it would be appropriate to honor those fallen firefighters on a weekend set aside strictly for the firefighters of Georgia.”
After the service, there will be a procession outside to the memorial wall, where the names of fallen firefighters from previous years can also be found. Members of the public are invited to attend. If members of the media would like to attend, confirm, or need more information please contact Rodney Pickle Public Information Officer, Georgia Fire Academy at 478-993-4670.
David M. Wall
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy