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Wildland Fire Honor Guard Serves at 30th Anniversary of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 15-16, 2011
Division of Fire and Aviation
The NPS Wildland Fire Honor Guard served with similar groups honoring the fallen and their families at the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 15th and 16th. This year, 72 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2010 and 17 firefighters who died in previous years were the primary focus. Saturday‚??s Candlelight Service and Sunday‚??s Memorial Service were the most public events on a weekend filled with opportunities for families and co-workers to remember those they had lost.
NPS Wildland Fire Honor Guard members stood vigil at various posts including the monument, the chapel, the 2010 plaque and the Presidential Wreath. They marched in processionals and recessionals and posted colors. This year they also participated in the Wreath Laying at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday. Wildland Fire Honor Guard members for the Memorial Weekend were: Gerry Tuzon, Jim Shultz, Rodney Monk, Jason McDaniel, Doug Kraus, Forrest Ford, and Justin DeForest.
In personal ways, also, all who came thought of the dead. No one from the NPS was added to the memorial this year. The names of two NPS wildland firefighters most recently killed in the line of duty are there, however: Andrew J. “Andy” Palmer, 2008; and Daniel P. “Danny” Holmes, 2004. Norman MacLean put it this way in his book Young Men and Fire, published in 1992. “They were young and did not leave much behind them and need someone to remember them.”
Contact: Jim Shultz