Live video coverage of this weekend's 2010 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is again available on the Internet. Thanks to Motorola and WUSA 9 for making that happen. The live feed is also being carried by numerous fire and EMS web sites.
The Candlelight Service Broadcast begins at 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, October. The telecast starts at 6:45 p.m., and the service begins at 7:00 p.m. The Memorial Service Broadcast begins at 9:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, October 3. The telecast begins at 9:30 a.m., and the service begins at 10:00 a.m.
This weekend's service will honor 105 firefighters who died in the line of duty, 80 who died in 2009 and 25 who died in prior years. They include five that died in North Carolina, which experienced the third-highest number of fatalities last year as reported by the USFA this week. The federal agency has released its report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2009.
As noted in this NFFF press release and NFFF photo roll of honor, the North Carolina firefighters being honored are listed below. They were also recognized in May by the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation, at the annual service at the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Raleigh.
|Firefighter Gregory C. Cooke, age 60
Salem Volunteer Fire Department.
Died after collapsing at the scene of a woods fire on March 21, 2009.
|Chief Jimmy Lee Davis Sr., age 63
White Oak Volunteer Fire Department
Died after collapsing while preparing to respond to a motor vehicle accident on December 10, 2009.
|Deputy Chief Chad Eric Greene, age 34
Union Cross Fire and Rescue of Forsyth County, Inc.
Died after collapsing within 24 hours of a response to a motor vehicle accident on November 4, 2009.
|Engineer William Gray Parsons, age 58
Millers Creek Volunteer Fire Department
Died after suffering a medical emergency at the scene of a structure fire on February 1, 2009.
|Firefighter Matthew Douglas Tramel, age 18
Pembroke Fire Department
Died in a personal vehicle accident while responding for a vehicle fire on June 5, 2009.