Support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend

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Every year in October, The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation pays tribute to firefighters that died in the line of duty from the previous year by sponsoring a Memorial Weekend. This year the weekend begins on Friday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, October 6th. Survivors are treated with the utmost respect and included in every step of the way. They host special programs and ceremonies for all survivors and the fire community, the public is also invited to attend. It’s a weekend full of sharing and healing while honoring the service and sacrifice of our fallen heroes.  This is the official national tribute to our fallen firefighters.

81 Firefighters to be honored.

This year, 73 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2012 and 8 more who died in previous years will be honored during the 32nd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. If you would like to attend, but can’t, we will be hosting a live streaming of the Candlelight Service and the National Memorial Service. For more information on how to view these live streams right here on, click here.

How Can a Fire Wife Show Her Support?

1. Update your Facebook page header to one of their banners.  You can find many choices here.

2. Watch the coverage LIVE on our website.

3.  Hold a “Bells Across America” event in your town.

4. Light your own Memorial Candle during the service on Saturday evening at 4:00 PM EST  (New Time!)


What is Bells Across America?


“The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community,” explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “At the beginning of the Memorial Service on Sunday, October 6, the bells at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel in Emmitsburg will ring to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2012. We are encouraging firefighters across the country to invite their places of worship and community organizations to join us with their own tribute to all our fallen heroes.”-Bells Across America

For the 3rd year, the NFFF asks fire service and religious organizations, along with communities to help honor our fallen firefighters by participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. Bells will ring from coast to coast.  The moment of remembrance and sounding of bells can be held any time during the Memorial Weekend. Visit for more information about Bells Across America and how to participate.

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Just a small town girl married to a firefighter since 2008, but she's so much more than a Fire Wife. She's been a member of the FirefighterWife family since 2012 and knows marriage takes a lot of work, even when it's in the best seasons.


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