Fallen first responders engraved on Public Safety Memorial wall

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Fire Programs paid tribute to fallen firefighters and EMS workers at the Richmond Raceway Saturday.

The 22nd annual memorial service honors those who have died in the line of duty while celebrating their courage and hard work.

“Made a choice to be available at a moment’s notice front and center,” said Shawn Talmadge, VA assistant secretary for public safety. “They made it their business to protect and serve our communities and citizens on their worst days.”

Fire engines from local departments were showcased and the families of the fallen honored for their loved ones’ sacrifice. 

The name of each honoree was engraved on the Virginia Public Safety Memorial wall at Capitol Square.

In total, seven brave first responders were remembered during the ceremony on Saturday. 

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs offers assistance to more than 700 fire organization. 

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