Giants they will always be

In Jeff Davis Parish, we’re accustomed to seeing our firefighters each day. Naturally, if a fire occurs, they are on the scene; but even in natural disasters, automobile crashes and medical emergencies, our men and women are there, no matter the day, hour or weather.

Thankfully, this area has seen years without losing one of our firefighters in the line of duty. While they do battle burns, bruises, cuts, injured limbs and more, this area is quite blessed to know our firefighters are heading home safely after each shift.

But that’s not the case across the state. On Saturday, March 10, seven Louisiana firefighters will be memorialized for giving their lives in order to save someone else’s. The Louisiana Fallen  Firefighters’ Memorial will add the names of those seven heroes to 97 other Louisiana firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial is located at 8181 Independence Blvd. in Baton Rouge. The event itself will be attended by representatives from various fire departments, fire service organizations and families of those firefighters who have died in the line of duty. A luncheon will be held immediately following the ceremony. The event and luncheon are free and open to the public.

“We owe a great deal to those who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect us.  This ceremony is an opportunity for the public to come and join the families and friends of those who paid the highest price and to let them know that they will never be forgotten.” State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.  “This beautiful memorial is a place of reverence; a place where you can walk among the names of giants.”

And giants they will always be. Even though the fallen firefighters might not have directly served Jeff Davis Parish by the department they were affiliated with, they have certainly reminded us of the great neighbors we have in this state and the even greater fire departments that work each day to make our lives better and keep us safe.

For more information regarding the ceremony, please call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 225-925-4911.


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