The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is asking for support from the community to place a brick on our Walk of Honor® in memory of firefighters who died while serving their communities in 2019 and in previous years. These men and women were memorialized on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in 2020.
Although the pandemic kept us from gathering in person in October 2020, the NFFF produced the video program America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters, commemorating the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and previous years. You can join in honoring these heroes by placing a brick in their memory on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park’s Walk of Honor® for a donation of only $100. As part of the Honor a Hero brick program, you may choose to honor a specific fallen firefighter; or just choose to donate to help us make sure all 103 firefighters are honored.
Vickie Wagaman, of Pennsylvania, whose husband, Walter, died in the line of duty in 2019, also purchased a brick to honor his memory. “I wanted him to be placed at the memorial for many reasons, but my most favorite reason is because he will be remembered for his sacrifice and what he did for his community and his fire department.”
The National Fallen Firefighters Walk of Honor® is at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park in Emmitsburg, Maryland. We hope to welcome families of our 2020 honorees to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park as we honor their loved one and where they can visit the National Memorial and Walk of Honor®.
Lorraine Carli, Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association, purchased a of the brick in honor of a fallen firefighter. “I chose to support the Honor a Hero program to ensure there is dignified and lasting recognition of every fallen firefighter who died serving their communities,” she says. “These bricks along the Walk of Honor® are a perpetual tribute to our fallen firefighters, those heroes whose deeds go unnoticed until tragedy strikes, and they respond. It is on all of us who are safer because of them to see they are memorialized in such an honorable and enduring way.”
Minneapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Steinhilber says, “I sponsored a brick in honor of one of the fallen firefighters because it was a way for me to personally honor a fallen brother/sister and gave my donation a very specific purpose instead of just donating to a cause.”
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by the U.S. Congress in 1992. The Foundation is a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of firefighters who died in the line of duty, assisting their families in rebuilding their lives, and working within the fire service community to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.