Every May, the Illinois Fire Service honors firefighters across the state who have gone above the call of duty and lost their lives doing so.
Nearly 100 firefighters, city officials, and residents recently gathered at Naperville’s Firemen’s Memorial Park for a ceremony to remember the hometown heroes who are no longer with us.
“We gather here this morning to remember our fallen comrades, for firefighters who got on their rigs to do a job and never return,” said Mike Crowell, Chaplain for the Naperville Fire Department.
Since its creation 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.
The ceremony included a wreath presentation with the families of the deceased, bagpipes, and taps.
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