Each year, the Illinois Fire Service honors those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Local firefighters, city officials, and residents recently gathered at Naperville’s Firemen’s Memorial Park off Jefferson Avenue to remember those lost.
Since the creation of the Fire Department in 1874, Naperville has lost four firefighters while on duty.
Three due to a vehicle accident in 1970 and one during a training accident in 1991.
“We remember them with an encouragement that helps us do our job – even better and even safer than it was before,” said Naperville Fire Chief, Mark Puknaitis. “And it helps us think about all the great things that those folks have done and the ultimate sacrifice that they paid knowing those dangers apply to all of us that perform the work of firefighting and public safety on a daily basis.”
The families of the fallen placed a wreath on the memorial in remembrance.
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