Fallen Texas Firefighters Honored This Weekend

Fire truck salute [Photo taken by: Victor Palomares]
Firefighters from across the state will gather in The Woodlands this weekend for a memorial service honoring all the firefighters who died in the line of duty over the past year.

The memorial service will be on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It's put on by the State Firemen's and Fire Marshalls' Association.

Chris Barron is the group's executive director. He says so far this year 18 Texas firefighters have died in the line of duty, including four Houston firefighters who died last month and the volunteer firefighters in West, who died in April.

Those 18 deaths are three times more than usual — on average, six Texas firefighters die in the line of duty each year.

"The amount of firefighters that have passed away is a little bit higher than normal. But we want what we do in honoring all firefighters, whether they passed in the line of duty or not, is make sure that their contributions to their community and fire department have been recognized."

The memorial service will also honor all Texas firefighters who died in the past year, whether on the job or off-duty. Altogether, 114 firefighters from 77 departments will be remembered.

Sunday's memorial service is open to the public and will be held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

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