Report a Line-of-Duty Death
Criteria for Inclusion on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Names added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial each year represent those line-of-duty deaths approved as eligible for inclusion from the previous calendar year (January 1 – December 31). All required documentation for cases in the previous year must be received by January 31st to be considered for inclusion that year.
Acceptance for inclusion on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial doesn’t impact decisions made by the federal government regarding Public Safety Officers’ Benefits.
- Assign a 2-person team to notify the firefighter’s family, in person when possible, prior to releasing any information.
- If the immediate family is outside of the local area, consider asking a fire department in their area to make the notification in person or be involved in the notification.
- Notification should take place in a private setting, when possible.
- Offer to help the next-of-kin contact other friends of family for support.
- Provide contact information for the fire department’s family support liaison or team.
- Notify all on-and-off duty personnel, including chaplains.
- Notify elected official and other community leaders.
- Notify other fire chiefs in the jurisdiction.
- Notify the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program office, even if you are not sure if the firefighter’s family will qualify for benefits.
Funeral/Memorial Service Planning
If you are asked to deliver a eulogy for a fallen firefighter, here are a few guidelines to help prepare your thoughts.
After the Funeral/Memorial Service
Honoring the Fallen
For Family Members
We recognize that coping with the loss of a loved one is a challenging and lengthy process, and we are here to provide you with immediate and ongoing support. Above all, we want you to understand that you are not alone in this journey. While every person’s experience of loss is unique, there are numerous families who have faced similar circumstances.
For Fire Department Members
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides unwavering support to fire departments in the aftermath of a line-of-duty death. Through comprehensive line-of-duty death resources, peer support, they offer comfort, guidance, and assistance to the families and colleagues of fallen firefighters, ensuring the well-being of the fire service community.