Spring Hill Fire Department’s Assistant Chief of Training/Safety, Mike Bryan, had the honor of being asked to serve at the 38th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The service, held on Sunday, October 6, honored 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018, and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years. Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year, drawing thousands of people across the country.
Assistant Chief Bryan, also a fire chaplain and a member of the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains, joined 20 other chaplains and support staff from across the state to lend their services.
At the Memorial, Bryan assisted families of the fallen in the chapel as they grieved their lost heroes, and said the prayer during the candlelight vigil.
“This is a true honor to be able to serve and assist the families of the 119 firefighters who lost their lives in service to their communities last year,” Assistant Chief Bryan said. “This Memorial Weekend will be a time for all of us in fire service, and as a nation as well, to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice those firefighters gave while doing their jobs, and grieve the losses that their families and friends continue to endure.”
For more on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, visit www.firehero.org.
You can watch highlights from the Firefighters Memorial Weekend above.