Everyday across Delaware, thousands of firefighters are prepared to put their lives on the line to pull their neighbors out of harm's way. Almost all of these individuals are volunteers who have bravely committed to serving their communities. In honor of the men and women who have died while protecting Delawareans, in recognition of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, and in concurrence with an order from President Obama, Gov. Markell has ordered the American and Delaware flags at state buildings and facilities be flown at half-staff beginning the afternoon of Oct.4 until the start of business on Monday, Oct. 7.
The 32nd Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor a firefighter from Delaware who died in the line of duty last year.
Junior firefighter Justin E. Townsend, age 17, of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department, isamong the 73 firefighters who died in 2012 and among the eight firefighters who died in previous years and who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, October 6. Townsend died in a motor vehicle accident while responding to the station for an outdoor fire on September 27, 2012. The names of those firefighters who died in the line of duty will be added to the National Fallen FirefightersMemorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen FirefightersFoundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security. More than 5,000 people, including members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters are expected to attend. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Membersof the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute. For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information visit weekend.firehero.org. Don't forget to watch the 2013 candlelight and memorial services live on the web at weekend.firehero.org/live. Streaming of the memorial service begins at 9: 30 a.m. EST on Sunday, Oct. 6.