Seven Florida Fallen Firefighters to be Honored at National Memorial Service on October 3

America’s fallen fire heroes, who died in the line of duty, will be honored at the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 2-3, 2021. The names of 215 firefighters will become a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices.

COVID-related line-of-duty deaths are now a factor in the tribute and will continue to be in the future.

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On the evening of Saturday, October 2, the families of America’s fallen firefighters will gather for an emotional Candlelight Service.  During the ceremony, a plaque bearing the names of the fallen will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The following morning, Fire Hero Families will participate in the Memorial Service where a grateful nation will honor the sacrifices of their loved ones at the National Memorial. 

Eighty-seven firefighters died in the line of duty in 2020. Eighty-two firefighters died in 2019. Forty-six firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years will also be honored. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will present each family with an American flag flown over the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the U.S. Capitol.

Engineer Jeffrey Atkinson of the Tallahassee Fire Department

Lieutenant Barry Boulton, Sr. of hte Plantation Fire Department

Captain Scott Newmann of the Martin County Fire Rescue

Assistant District Chief Dwain Bradshaw of the Escambia County Fire Rescue

Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan, Jr. of the Coulson Aviation USA

Firefighter Anthony Christensen of the City of Naples Fire-Rescue

Firefighter Brian Smith of the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department

Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Candlelight Service 

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM (ET)

Streaming begins at 6:30PM


Sunday, October 3, 2021 

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Time: 10:00AM – 12:30PM (ET)

Streaming begins at 9:30AM

Location both days: National Fire Academy Campus, S. Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD

The NFFF will provide a live satellite feed and online streaming of Memorial Weekend services, along with video of events for downloading courtesy of VISTA Worldlink here.

In addition, communities across the U.S. will light up landmarks in “RED”, including buildings, bridges, fire stations, and homes as part of the Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters program. On Sunday, the National Memorial Service begins with bells ringing across the land through our Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters program. For more information on how you can take part in these programs, visit

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