Volume 1 Number 41
October 11, 2004










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FALLEN FIREFIGHTER WALL OF HONOR

MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORS MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FIREFIGHTER WHO DIED LAST YEAR IN THE LINE OF DUTY

This year’s annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service, held at the State Fire College in Ocala, honored a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighter who died last year in the line of duty. 

Wayne Mitchell, 37, was overcome by heat during a simulated shipboard fire training at the Resolve Marine Fire School in Port Everglades, and died while in transit to the hospital. 

“His death, and the 126 others who have been memorialized, will not be forgotten and will not be in vain,” said Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher.  “We study every line-of-duty death to determine how we can help firefighters avoid unnecessary risks in a job that is already inherently dangerous.  I know I speak for all Floridians when I say that we are deeply grateful to these men and woman for answering the call to serve and to their families for supporting them.” 


Mitchell’s name will be added to the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial, located at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.  The memorial includes the names of firefighters who died while on duty as far back as 1885.  His name also will be added to the Fallen Firefighter Wall of Honor that Gallagher unveiled the design for earlier this year.  The Wall of Honor, expected to go up next year, will be in Tallahassee in the Capitol.

The memorial service was hosted by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Florida Joint Council of Fire and Emergency Service Organizations and concludes Fire Prevention Week.

Rand Napoli, Division Director of the State Fire Marshal's office, addresses the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service in Ocala on Saturday, October 9, 2004
  

The skyline for October is Daytona Beach, photo courtesy of the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.