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    2nd Annual "Ride To Remember" Worcester To Colorado 2002

    Ride To Colorado Has Started 2002
    The 16th annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
    Event Information: IAFF Annual Memorial Service Set for Sept. 21 The 16th annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony, scheduled for Sept. 21, 2002 in Colorado Springs, is expected to be the largest in the memorial

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    Remember 911

    WORCESTER FIRE REMEMBERS 911

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    WORCESTER FIRE TO COLORADO

    WORD OUT THAT BERT DAVIS ON THE WAY,ALONG
    WITH PAUL LAROCHELLE AND PHIL PRICE.
    GOD SPEED MEN. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

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    IAFF MEMORIAL COLORADO

    IAFF MEMORIAL LINK

    http://www.iaff-ffm.com/

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    Always In Our Hearts

    REMEMBER 911
    IAFF COLORADO SPRINGS

    The memory of firefighters lost in the Sept. 11 attacks is fresh for many who visit the firefighters memorial in Memorial Park. LaVonne Bazemore, fighting back tears Tuesday, understands the dedication of a firefighter, having a brother in uniform and a father who served for 20 years.
    The newest section of the memorial lists the names of 347 fire personnel who died in the World Trade Center attacks.
    Thousands are expected to attend annual ceremonies Saturday 9-21-02 honoring the fallen
    photo BRYAN OLLER -- THE GAZETTE

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    Heroes Remembered IAFF Memorial 2002

    Heroes Remembered IAFF Memorial
    The word hero and all its derivations are sure to be used liberally when thousands gather at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs to honor 425 union firefighters who died in the line of duty. Saturday, in the southwest corner of Memorial Park, in reference to the firefighters whose names will be etched onto the marble wall, the words hero and heroism will be appropriate, firefighters say.
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    Firefighter Bobby Karcher from Ladder Co. 132 FDNY in Brooklyn has painted on his helmet the names of the six firefighters from his firehouse who were killed at the World Trade Center
    PHOTO JERILEE BENNETT THE GAZETTE

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    MEMORIAL NAMES LIST 2002 IAFF

    MEMORIAL NAMES LIST IAFF 2002
    IAFF COLORADO SPRINGS
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    http://www.iaff-ffm.com/Tribute.htm

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    WE REMEMBER

    IAFF MEMORIAL 2002

    WE REMEMBER
    IAFF MEMORIAL COLORADO SPRINGS
    PHOTO BY JERILEE BENNETT - THE GAZETTE
    Colorado Springs Firefighters hang a giant
    American flag from a pedestrian bridge Friday
    over West Pikes Peak Avenue.
    Colorado Springs has rolled out a warm welcome
    for the families and friends of the 425 people
    whose names will be added to the memorial
    for fallen firefighters during a ceremony at
    1:30 p.m. today

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    Thousands Honor Fallen Firefighters 2002

    Thousands Honor Fallen Firefighters

    By ROBERT WELLER
    Associated Press Writer
    AP/Ed Andrieski
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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP)

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    Fallen Remembered IAFF Memorial 2002

    During a ceremony that combined pain,
    grief and gratitude,the names of 499
    firefighters who died in the line of duty
    in the past two yearswere read. After
    hearing her husband's name, Diane Miller,
    center receives comfort from Saturday from
    Ken Parlee,a Somerville Mass, firefighter,
    and her sister-in-law, Janet Testa at the
    Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Memorial Park.
    Miller's husband, Henry Miller Jr. had been
    with the Fire Department of New York for 28
    years when he was killed Sept. 11,2001

    Photo Jerilee Bennett-- the Gazette

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    IAFF Memorial Colorado Springs 2002

    IAFF Memorial 2002
    Andrew Ielpi, 10, rest his head on the
    International Association of Fire Fighters
    flag he presented to his mother Saturday
    during the ceremony. Ielpi's father,Jonathon
    was killed Sept.11,2oo1 in New York City.

    Photo Jerilee Bennett -the Gazette

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    IAFF Memorial 2002

    Springs pays tribute to firefighters
    By Jeremy Meyer The Gazette

    Saturday's firefighter memorial observance in Memorial Park was the crescendo of a year's worth of emotion, said one New York fire marshal.

    With music, fly-overs and speeches, thousands of people honored hundreds of fallen firefighters.

    Many came grieving to this city in the middle heart of the country and left knowing the nation and this town mourns with them.

    "I can't say enough about the people of Colorado Springs," said Lee Ielpi Jr., a retired New York firefighter who lost his firefighting son, Jonathan Ielpi, in the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

    "It makes you feel so good that there are so many people across the country who really care."

    Over the past few days, family, friends and fellow firefighters have filled Colorado Springs hotels, jammed Tejon Street bars and reveled in the brotherly love of strangers.

    "I've never been to a place where I was treated so well," said firefighter John Walts from Manlius, N.Y.

    Events began Saturday morning when hundreds of fire trucks and motorcycles rode through the city in a procession to the park. Residents filled sidewalks along the route, waving flags and clapping as the firefighters passed.

    "It kind of gets you choked up," said Sallie Bennett, who stood with her husband Paul on the corner of Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue. "The city should be proud."

    At 1:30 p.m., the observance began. About 8,000 seats blanketed the park's lawn. People also ringed the makeshift amphitheater, shaded from the sun by trees. Firefighters dressed in formal attire sat amid families in reserved spots.

    The event played on two jumbo television screens. Music was performed by bagpipe-and-drum squads, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies, the Colorado Springs Choir and the Colorado Springs Children's Choir. Family members cradled folded flags in wooden boxes inscribed with the names of dead loved ones. They wept on shoulders, held hands and shuddered

    during the three-hour service.

    Speeches preceded the ominous reading of names. Including those from last year, 499 names were read -- the most ever in the ceremony's 16-year history.

    The greatest number of names were from the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy in New York. For 19 minutes, a somber voice read every name of the 343 New York firefighters killed at the World Trade Center.

    "I can't even explain what it's like to hear those names," said Ielpi afterward. "Every time I hear someone new that I didn't know about."

    4,110 names already have been added to the granite memorial wall at the corner of Hancock and Pikes Peak avenues. That was where Irving DeShields of the FDNY stood and counted names of men he knew. "Looking at the names you recall a face of guys you've shared dinner with, played ball with, had holidays with," he said. "There's no faces there, but you can remember them."

    DeShields joined two dozen other firefighters in a 2,000-mile ride from New York to Colorado Springs. They slept in firehouses along the way, battled inclement weather and arrived Wednesday. The trip was cathartic, he said, but pain remains.

    "It's never going to end," he said. "It's never going to close. You'll always have the memories. You just got to hold on to the good ones

    Another New York group came to Saturday's ceremony wondering whether their men would be overshadowed by the Sept. 11 tragedy, which claimed about 70 percent of the firefighters commemorated Saturday.

    The 16-person department in Manlius, N.Y., near Syracuse, lost two firefighters in a March 7 house fire -- John E. Ginocchetti and Timothy J. Lynch.

    The families and firefighters from Manlius were relieved after the ceremony. "I don't think anyone was (overlooked)," said Gary Hass, president of the Manlius union. "Everyone was included. They did a wonderful job To 11-year-old Jayne Jahnke, the ceremony gave her another chance to honor her father.

    Capt. Jay Jahnke was a Houston firefighter who died in an Oct. 13, 2001, high-rise blaze. Jayne and her family came to the ceremony with other Houston firefighters to honor her dad. His name is on a wall separate from the Sept. 11 firefighters.

    That was where Jayne knelt before leaving the park after the ceremony's conclusion. rubbed an impression of her father's name onto a piece of paper. She posed for a photograph, pointing at his name carved in the granite.

    Then she left a note, placing it with the candles, photographs and flowers.

    "I miss you," it said, "and wish you were here."

    Jeremy Meyer covers general assignments and may be reached at 476-1623 or jmeyer@gazette.com
    Fire Trucks Came to Honor ths Fallen from across the country
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    In Their Debt.

    In their debt
    Ceremony honors selflessness of fallen heroes

    By Anslee Willett The Gazette

    Moments after Jim Walker was handed a flag Saturday in honor of his father who died battling a fire, his 5-year-old daughter went over to touch her lips to his.

    Walker gripped the firefighters' union flag and leaned back in his chair.

    His dad, Dale J. Walker, was one of 499 men and women recognized at the 16th annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony.

    The majority of the firefighters - 343 - died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center.

    The ceremony also honored the 74 men and women added to the memorial wall

    during last year's ceremony, just four days after the Sept. 11 attacks, when only 13 families were able to attend because of travel restrictions.

    An estimated 10,000 people gathered Saturday at Memorial Park for the International Association of Fire Fighters' largest ceremony in its 84-year history.

    "Each year we mark the passing of far too many" firefighters, said U.S.

    Rep. Joel Hefley who pushed legislation to get the memorial site in Colorado Springs in 1986.

    "I wish some year we could come here and celebrate because a year had passed without us losing a single one. But that's probably too much to hope for."

    Because Walker's father died in 1981, before the memorial was established, his name was supposed to have been added to the site when it was founded. Two granite walls list the IAFF firefighters killed in the line of duty since 1976.

    For some reason, his father's name was never added to the memorial and the

    mistake just was discovered this past year.

    "It's better late than never," Walker said after the ceremony. "I can appreciate it now."

    Walker, who grew up to join the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department just like his dad, also lost a co-worker in a fire. During a 1999 blaze, Walker searched for his battalion chief, who died in the fire.

    Walker, who was 5 when his father died after being crushed by a collapsing wall, said fighting fires is all he wants to do.

    "I'd rather die helping people than die in a car wreck, you know?"

    That's the kind of selflessness that was honored at the ceremony.

    "Your fallen heroes, who never wanted to be called heroes, exemplified

    what true heroism is all about," said keynote speaker and IAFF president

    Harold Schaitberger He told the audience to remember and reflect on the lives of their loved ones, not their loss.

    "We must remember that they could be a serious bunch, but never

    took themselves too seriously," Schaitberger said. "How easily they would

    laugh with one another in what we call firehouse humor, yet never

    forgetting how to weep when compassion was required."

    Colorado Springs councilwoman Sallie Clark told the families the community will be here for them year after year.

    "We're eager to hear your names and learn your stories. But in a sense we already know you," she said. "You're the flesh and blood

    reminders of the life and love your firefighters gave us in one moment to

    protect our communities, our country.

    'And we're honored to be in your presence. And we're forever in your

    debt."

    Flyovers by the United States Air Force marked the beginning and the end

    of the ceremony. One of the planes was a C-130 that has been used to

    battle wildland fires.

    "We know the dangers associated with firefighting," said Col. Richard Moss

    of the 302nd Airlift Wing. "Seven of our comrades or fellow aviators from

    the civilian community have died this year fighting (wildland) fires.

    "However, we're fortunate. We fly over the inferno. You go directly into

    it."

    As Hefley told the firefighters, "You're there to do what needs to be done

    to protect us. And I don't know why you do it, but thank God that you do."


    Anslee Willett covers public safety and may be reached at 636-0366 or willett@gazette.com

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    We Remember IAFF 2002


    New York firefighter Irving DeShields takes
    a photo of names on the wall at the memorial
    Saturday. DeShields was among two dozen
    New York firefighters who travelled by road
    to Colorado Springs for the ceremony.
    "Looking" at the names you recall a face of
    guys you've shared dinner with,played ball with
    had holidays with, DeShield said.
    photo BRYAN OLLER The Gazette

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    IAFF MEMORIAL 2002

    Remember Them Our Brothers
    photo by Mike Coletta
    More of Mike's photos on link below

    http://www.coloradosprings.tv/firefighters/ffm.htm

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