Woodburn overpass lights to honor fallen firefighters
Commuters travelling under Woodburn's I-5 overpass on Saturday will be witness to a brilliant splash of red in honor of fallen firefighters over the past year.
Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honors its fallen fire service members at the National Fallen FIrefighters Memorial Park, located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is the official national tribute to those firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.
"Each year 50 to 100 firefighters in the U.S. die while serving and protecting their communities," Woodburn Fire Chief Joe Budge stated in a news release. "I am grateful for the support that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides to families and loved ones when a death in the line of duty occurs. This organization holds a special place in the hearts of firefighters in Woodburn and across the country."
A candlelight service is normally held for the families on Saturday to honor their lost loved ones, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fire departments across the country will participate in "Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters."
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