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    Colorado-IAFF Memorial Service Set for Sept. 20

    Updated: 09-16-2003 10:42:55 AM

    IAFF Memorial Service Set for Sept. 20


    International Association of Fire Firefighters

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Seventy-seven fire fighters who died in the line of duty over the last year who will be honored on Saturday, September 20 by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as families and firefighters gather in Colorado Springs for the union's 17th annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony.

    "This annual ceremony is a fitting and respectful tribute to the firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Harold Schaitberger, General President of the 260,000 member IAFF. "It is a time for us to honor the families of these fallen heroes to recognize the tremendous loss they have suffered and the sacrifices they have made."



    The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Memorial Park, located at the corner of Pikes Peak and Hancock Avenues in Colorado Springs. The ceremony, which will feature fire fighter pipes and drums, music, and celebratory comments about the heroism and accomplishments of the fallen fire fighters, is designed to be an uplifting event.

    This year's ceremony will honor fire fighters killed in the line of duty between June 2002 and June 2003. Nearly 400 families and hundreds of fire fighters from across North America are scheduled to attend. Last year, more than 12,000 families and fire fighters attended the IAFF memorial observance.

    The mission of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, which is located in the shadow of Pike's Peak, is to honor the sacrifice made by professional fire fighters and paramedics who have given their lives while trying to save others. Since its creation in 1976, the names of 1,552 fallen fire fighters have been engraved into the Wall of Honor located behind the memorial.

    The International Association of Fire Fighters (www.iaff.org) represents the nation's professional fire fighters. More than 260,000 IAFF members protect 80 percent of the nation's population across all 50 states. Formed in 1918 and Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the IAFF has more than 2,900 local union affiliates in the United States and Canada. Colorado Springs fire fighters are members of IAFF Local 5.

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    IAFF Honors Fallen Firefighters and Family at Solemn Ceremony

    IAFF Honors Fallen Firefighters and Family at Solemn Ceremony
    77 Firefighters Added to IAFF's Wall of Honor

    Updated: 09-22-2003 02:15:22 AM

    INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS
    Official Press Release


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (Sept. 20) -- More than 3,000 family members, firefighters, and friends from across the U.S. and Canada gathered Saturday under sunny skies in Colorado Springs to honor 77 firefighters whose names were added to 1,500 others gracing the Wall of Honor at the 17th annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial observance.

    As flags held by hundreds of fire fighters ringing the memorial waved in the warm breeze, a single bell tolled as the name of each fallen hero was called and a flag bearing the Maltese cross of the International Association of Fire Fighters was presented by a white gloved honor guard to each family. As the last name was read, the sound of bugles playing taps floated across the memorial grounds.

    IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said the union firefighters killed in the line of duty

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