The Seattle Fire Department will gather on Friday, October 1 at 9 a.m. to honor more than 100 firefighters from the United States and Canada who died in the line of duty in the past year. The local ceremony coincides with the 29th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. On this weekend, firefighters from around the country pay tribute to those courageous firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The event will take place in Occidental Park in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which pays tribute to all 39 Seattle firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The memorial was inspired by the four Seattle Firefighters who died in the 1995 Mary Pang Warehouse Fire. This year, the Department will recognize Battalion Chief David H. Jacobs Jr., and Deputy Chief Gerald N. Moberg, fallen Seattle firefighters whose names were recently permanently etched in the memorial.
Rich in firefighter tradition, the ceremony will begin and end with the presentation of colors by the Walter Kilgore Memorial Honor Guard. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band will play several musical selections and there will be short speeches from Mayor Michael McGinn, Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean, Local 27 President Lieutenant Kenny Stuart and Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson.