Today, firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice were honored across the nation. Fox 25-48’s Abigial Hantke was at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service here, in Eau Claire.
The ring of the bell. Honoring each firefighter who has fallen in the line of duty in 2014. Sunday, Eau Claire held the 2015 Fallen Memorial Service where family, friends and service men and women gathered at Florian Gardens. “We reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty. They did give the ultimate sacrifice, along with them was their families that give the ultimate sacrifice to provide a service to the people that live in their communities to protect their properties to protect their lives and really give themselves in the best way they possibly can.” Says Allyn Bertrand, Eau Claire Deputy Chief.
Not only in Eau Claire, but nationwide; the lives of eighty-seven firefighters were honored. President Obama said, “Words alone can’t ease the pain of your loss, but perhaps it helps a little bit to know the American people stand with you in honoring your loved ones.” President Obama paid his tributes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Although the eighty-seven firefighters honored here today are not with us anymore, the support and honor for them will continue forever. Fireman wife and mother of four, Kristina Jaggar, thanks firefighters what she describes a sacrificial service. “Thanking all of the men and women that give up their lives or could potentially service people and fireman and police men and all the service people. It’s important to me, it’s something I teach my children to thank them for the possible sacrifice they could be giving, and I don’t know that we do that enough.”
As we remember, but not forget. In Eau Claire, Abigail Hantke, Fox 25-48 News at Nine.
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Eau Claire began in 1992, as we continue to recognize and remember those who have fallen and their families.