RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Firefighters and EMS workers killed in the line of duty were honored for their bravery and sacrifice.
The Richmond Professional Firefighters Association hosted the annual Central Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service at Byrd Park Tuesday.
The service, which coincides with statewide Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Week, honored more than 60 fallen members.
“Although we wear different patches, our mission is the same. That’s to save lives, protect lives and protect property,” Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter told 8News.
“Today is just another example of how beautiful our community is. We will never forget the sacrifices that our men and women make every day, every year, throughout the year in Virginia and the nation’s public services,” Carter continued.
Nine rings of a bell historically represent the end of the brave soul’s duties. While they protect us, we can do our part.
June is Move Over Awareness Month in Virginia.
“There are a lot of drivers on the road today that don’t understand to move over,” Robert Clark said.
The father of Hanover County firefighter Brad Clark, who lost his life after a driver failed to move over in October, attended the ceremony.
“I can hear him now saying, ‘hey it’s time to move on … let’s get things in place to protect future firefighters and the current firefighters,'” R. Clark said.