Volume 4 Number 41
October 12, 2007

ANNUAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD

Florida’s second female firefighter to die in the line of duty honored

Firefighters and families from all parts of Florida gathered 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 was held at the memorial site in the Fire College courtyard. Honor guards, including bagpipes and drums, from across the state took part in the event. In a tradition that dates back more than 150 years, the ceremony concluded with the bagpipes playing Amazing Grace.

 

LINDA HERNANDEZ
On May 22, 1999, Firefighter Linda Hernandez of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was injured while battling a two-alarm blaze in an apartment complex.  On September 18, 2001, Firefighter Hernandez died from complications related to those injuries.  Prior to joining Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 1997, Hernandez served her community for 13 years as a correctional officer.  She is remembered as a fighter and a person who loved life and people. 

 
 J. BRINKLEY PRICE
On September 20, 1961, Volunteer Firefighter J. Brinkley Price of the Seminole Volunteer Fire Department responded to a car fire.  Price was first on the scene in his personal vehicle and emptied two of his own fire extinguishers on the fire prior to the arrival of the first fire apparatus.  Firefighter Price was in the process of taking equipment from the engine when he collapsed and was not able to be revived.  Price was a local businessman and served his community as a volunteer firefighter and publicist for the fire department.