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Wyoming Fallen Firefighters Memorial held today in Riverton

Published: Aug. 23, 2020 at 1:21 AM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Patriotism flew high at the annual Wyoming Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Riverton as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety were honored.

“Normally we hold this ceremony in the spring. We’re here in August and it is hazy, it is smoky because of forest fires. So we all know just how uncertain and how dangerous fire can be. So it’s really critical that we, all around the state of Wyoming, tell our firefighters, our first responders, how much we appreciate what they do. They are on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They always answer the call when the bell is rung. They show up for the betterment of all of us, and that’s why we’re here today,” stated Senator John Barrasso.

The event is held annually at the Wyoming Fire Academy in Riverton, next to the Wyoming Firefighters Memorial. The memorial was constructed in 1990 honoring lives lost in the line of duty.

State Fire Marshall Michael Reed emphasized, ”I always say that it’s a privilege to be able to work with people that run to the problem and don’t run away from the problem. And it’s especially satisfying in today’s society when we have so much turmoil.”

State Fire Marshall Reed says it's so important to recognize not only those who are serving, but their families who are back home making the sacrifice as well.

“Right now we have Wyoming people that are fighting wildfires in Colorado and California and still their families are here,” noted Reed.

Senator Barrasso gave a few words in tribute to those lives lost.

“In Wyoming, people serve. There is a great history of service and it takes us back to the Bible, and certainly my wife Bobbi’s favorite song and favorite Bible verse is ‘Here I am, Lord send me.’ There’s so many people in Wyoming who volunteer and are willing to be sent. We see that with law enforcement, we see it with the fire department, and we certainly see it with our military service. Service on the part of the people in Wyoming is second to none and I think it’s just such a wonderful opportunity that we all have and should take, to thank them every chance we get,” stated Senator Barrasso.

The names of fallen firefighters are added to the ongoing memorial yearly.

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