Honoring Colorado Fallen Firefighters
On Saturday, May 11, BLM Colorado State Director Helen Hankins; State Fire Management Officer Ken Kerr; Deputy State Fire Management Officer Cliff Hutton and Fuels Operations Specialist Todd Richardson participated in a ceremony honoring fallen firefighters. During the ceremony five new names were added to the wall at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Lakewood, Colorado.
Several representatives from federal, state and county agencies gathered to pay tribute to those individuals who gave their lives in service to the citizens of Colorado. In total, 142 Colorado firefighters have been honored at the memorial.
Family members of those honored were invited and paid special tribute to their loved ones by releasing doves. Honoring fallen firefighters and their family members is an annual tradition in Colorado.
The program began with a fire apparatus parade followed by remarks from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, bag pipe music, combined Honor Guard and a moment of silence for all the fallen firefighters.