POWDERLY, Ky. (9/25/13) – First responders are just that… the first people on the scene of a crime, a fire, an auto accident, and numerous other events that are literally a matter of life or death for the victims involved, and possibly for the first responders themselves.
Lt. Chuck Browning of the Greenville Fire Department, and member of the Green River Fire Association Honor Guard, told reporters that this Saturday, September 28, at 4 p.m., there will be a memorial service in honor of those who died in the line of duty as first responders. The event will be held at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall, located on the Muhlenberg West Campus on the 189 Bypass.
"This will be in memory of all first responders. Everyone involved in first responder activities... fire, EMS, law enforcement, military, EMA, September 11th responders and our dispatchers." Browning said. "We are also going to try to do something special in honor of Air Evac, who lost a flight crew this past year. They will try to have a Life Flight helicopter land during the ceremony in remembrance of those who lost their lives trying to save the lives of others."
Three Air Evac crew members died in a helicopter crash that took place in June in Clay County, Kentucky.
"We're not asking for donations,” said Browning. “This is just something we want to do to honor first responders. Everyone is invited. It's free, and we plan on not lasting longer than 45 minutes since we know there are many other events scheduled to take place around the same time on Saturday."
Nationwide, several hundred first responders die in the line of duty every year, and others are injured while working to save lives.
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