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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Five California Firefighters

EMMITSBURG, MD. – The 29th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor three California firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2009 and two who died in the line of duty in previous years. They will be among the 80 firefighters who died in 2009 and 25 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Many of the previous year deaths are military firefighters who are now being included at the National Memorial.
  • Captain Tedmund Dean Hall, age 47, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department died in an apparatus rollover at the Station Fire wildland incident on August 30, 2009.
  • Captain Patrick G. Henry, age 54, of the CAL-FIRE, Mendocino Unit died after collapsing during a fitness-conditioning hike with his inmate crew on March 13, 2006.
  • Firefighter Thomas D. Marovich, Jr., age 20, of the USDA Forest Service - Modoc National Forest died after falling from a helicopter during required rappel proficiency training on July 21, 2009.
  • Captain Matthew Paul Moore, age 43, of the City of Murrieta Fire Department died after becoming ill on November 15, 2007 and later succumbing to Amebic Encephalitis on March 10, 2008.
  • Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, age 34, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department died in an apparatus rollover at the Station Fire wildland incident on August 30, 2009.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security will sponsor the official national tribute on October 3, 2010. This ceremony marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week designated by President Obama to focus national attention on the destruction of property and loss of life caused by fire.

As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger. During 2009, 80 firefighters died in the line of duty, making firefighting one of the nation's most dangerous occupations.

More than 5,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the event. Families receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Honor guard units and fire service personnel from across the U.S. will participate in the National Tribute.

Many fire departments across the country will conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half-staff, sound sirens at noon, and observe a moment of silent tribute.

For more information, visit Weekend.FireHero.org. The website includes a complete list of this year's honored fallen firefighters, a video introduction to the Memorial weekend, images of previous memorial services, satellite coordinates for broadcast, and more.

[About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit www.FireHero.org.]


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