MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Firefighters who sacrificed their lives while serving the City of Memphis were honored Sunday during the Annual Firefighter Memorial Service.
The service was hosted inside the Memphis Fire Museum in Downtown Memphis.
It honored the fallen 54 men and women who died in the line of duty and their families.
A bell tolled during the service, as each fallen firefighter’s name was read.
“The 54 firefighters whose names are on this wall, they came to work and just doing the job of a firefighter, and they didn’t make it home to their families. So we do this every year to show their families that the sacrifice they made is not forgotten by us, that they’re heroes in our city, and we just want them to know that we remember them, and we mourn their loss as well,” said Gina Sweat, Director of the Memphis Fire Department.
Sunday marks the beginning of fire prevention week.
This year’s campaign focuses on motivating families to create a fire escape plan for their home.