LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado firefighters who died in the line of duty were remembered Saturday morning in an annual ceremony.
There are 137 names on the list, and luckily, no additional names had to be added this year.
The ceremony was held in Lakewood’s Belmar Park where the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation put up a memorial. Firefighters from across the state were at the ceremony, as well as some family members who have a loved one etched on the bronze memorial.
Those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks nearly 10 years ago were also remembered.
The ceremony always brings up mixed emotions as there’s comfort in being together, but for reasons no one would have ever chosen.
“It’s a time for those who have not been touched by the loss of a firefighter, to come spend time with those that have, and the family members to get together. It’s a bittersweet reunion to have the families here with us,” Jerry Rhodes with the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation has an educational grant program to help with college funds for the sons and daughters of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty.