[10/7/16] Three Fallen Firefighters To Be Honored Sunday At National Memorial Service

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Three ifrefighter who died on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in a firestorm near Twisp, Okangogan, Wasshington.  ( / Courtesy of families)

Three Washington Fallen Firefighters to be Honored at National Memorial Service October 9


EMMITSBURG, MD – The 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor three firefighters who died in the line of duty from Washington. They are among the 79 firefighters who died in 2015 and 33 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, October 9.

Firefighter Richard R. Wheeler, age 31, Firefighter Andrew G. Zajac, age 26, and Firefighter Thomas N. Zbyszewski, age 20, of the USDA Forest Service, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest died after they were trapped by rapidly deteriorating fire conditions while fighting the Twisp Wildfire on August 19, 2015.

Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration. 

Thousands are expected to attend the service, including families and friends of the fallen firefighters, members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the country will participate in this national tribute.

For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information go to www.firehero.org