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IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service, 2002

Colorado Springs, CO, Sept. 21

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Photos/videos from Memorial Service

List of Fallen Firefighters Honored

The Last Alarm, dedicated to children of the fallen

Lt. John Napolitano, FDNY, deceased

Interview with Lt. John E. Coburn, Jr., IAFF Local 366, Matteson, IL

IAFF website

IAFF Memorial website

Fire Safety Resource Directory, USFA site, links to fire safety education

IAFF Local 386, Matteson IL

Sparky the Fire Dog, NFPA site, kids learn about fire safety

 

The following poem appears on a marble memorial wall at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter's memorial in Colorado Springs

 

The Last Alarm, by Jim Martinez,

Vice President, IAFF 7th District

Dedicated to the children of fallen firefighters

 

My father was a fireman, he drove a big red truck

and when he'd go to work each night, he'd say "Mother, wish me luck"

 

Then Dad would not come home again, till sometime the next day

but the thing that bothered me the most, was the things some folks would say.

 

A fireman's life is easy, he eats and sleeps and plays.

And sometimes he doesn't fight a fire for days and days and days.

 

When I first heard these comments, I was too young to understand

'cause I knew when people had trouble Dad was there to lend a hand.

 

Then my father went to work one day, and he kissed us all good-by,

but little did we realize, that night, we all would cry.

 

My father gave his life that night, when the floor gave way below.

And I wondered why he'd risk his life, for someone he didn't know.

 

But now I realize, the greatest gift a man can give

is to lay his life upon the line so that someone else might live.

 

So as we go from day to day and we pray to God above,

say a prayer for your local fireman, he may save the ones you love.

 

 

 

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