Fallen Firefighters Honored in Sacramento Ceremony

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – In a solemn remembrance echoing centuries of firehouse tradition, uniformed firefighters, family members and grateful citizens gathered on Saturday in the heart of California’s capital to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 16th annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony recognized 37 California firefighters who have died in the line of duty, whether from traumatic injury or job-related illness.

Their names were added to nearly 1,400 fellow fallen firefighters inscribed on the brushed limestone wall of the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

“These 37 fallen heroes are now inscribed into the history of California,” said Brian K. Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters and Chair of the California Fire Foundation “Forever after, our fellow citizens will look at this Memorial wall, touch the names etched into it and admire their courage. We miss them terribly, but we will never forget what they gave to all of us.”