Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service Planned
Florida’s second female firefighter to die in the line of duty to be honored
OCALA—Firefighters and families from all parts of Florida will gather on Friday, October 12, 2007, at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala to remember the 137 firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. While there were no deaths in 2006, two firefighters will be added to the wall this year, including the second female firefighter to lose her life as a result of firefighting efforts.
“It is a tribute to the effective safety efforts of state and local fire agencies that we had no on-the-job or job-related deaths last year, and I thank everyone involved in that good work,” said Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as State Fire Marshal. “At the same time, I extend my condolences and heartfelt appreciation to the families, friends and communities who lost firefighters in past years. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Linda Hernandez of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue passed away in September of 2001, following a long illness attributed to firefighting efforts in 1999. Also to be honored is J. Brinkley Price of the Seminole Fire Rescue in Pinellas County. Price lost his life following an incident in September of 1961. Both names will be added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the Fire College in Ocala and to the Fallen Firefighter Wall of Honor in the Capitol in Tallahassee. The ceremony comes at the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday and continues through Saturday.
The annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial will begin at 10 a.m. at the memorial site in the Fire College courtyard. Honor guards, including bagpipes and drums, from across the state will take part in the event. In a tradition that dates back more than 150 years, the ceremony will conclude with the bagpipes playing Amazing Grace.
WHAT: Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service
WHERE: Florida State Fire College, 11655 NW Gainesville Rd., Ocala
WHEN: 10 a.m.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.