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City will light overpass red on Saturday evening in support of families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Woodburn I-5 overpass lights up in different hues throughout the year in honor of various holidays, events, organizations and causes. On Saturday, the overpass will shine red in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.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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