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LFD Pays Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

A formal remembrance ceremony was held at Lakeland Fire Station 1 located at 701 E. Main Street, Lakeland, FL on Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 AM. The ceremony featured heartfelt speeches from active duty LFD firefighters and leaders, prayers and poems, a symbolic last call from LFD dispatch partners, and a symbolic bell ringing ceremony. 

Watch the entire 2013 ceremony here

Download the ceremony program here

Pictures From The Ceremony: October 6, 2013

Lt. Matt Brown spoke about the significance of the event
Lt. Matt Brown spoke about the significance of the event
Audience included City of Lakeland Commissioner Howard Wiggs
Audience included City of Lakeland Commissioner Howard Wiggs
Asst. Chief Doug Riley lead the bell ringing ceremony
Asst. Chief Doug Riley lead the bell ringing ceremony
Firefighter Jesse Baldwin read names of fallen firefighters
Firefighter Jesse Baldwin read names of fallen firefighters
Firefighter Paul Fairbanks read names of fallen firefighters
Firefighter Paul Fairbanks read names of fallen firefighters
City of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields attended the ceremony
City of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields attended the ceremony
Firefighter Paul Fairbanks and Lt. Jim Craw
Firefighter Paul Fairbanks and Lt. Jim Craw
Ceremony Bell
Ceremony Bell
Fire Chief Gary Ballard
Fire Chief Gary Ballard
Lt. Jim Craw spoke on behalf of LFD Firefighters
Lt. Jim Craw spoke on behalf of LFD Firefighters
 
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Bells Will Ring in Lakeland for 3rd Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters

For the third year, the entire country is invited to come together as one community to honor the memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty and reassure their loved ones that their firefighter will not be forgotten by participating in the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters remembrance.

The Lakeland Fire Department will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), other fire departments, and community groups from coast to coast in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. The moment of remembrance will occur on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM at all Lakeland fire stations and at participating locations throughout the Lakeland area. This day also marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week.

“It is with great sadness that we ring these bells for fellow firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. It allows us to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their communities. It is my hope and desire to never have to ring a bell again because of a firefighter perishing while serving.” said Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard.

“The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community.” explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF.

Hundreds of fire departments, places of worship and other groups participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters over the past two years.

For more information about the national remembrance visit http://www.bellsacrossamerica.com/.



Nationwide List of 2013 Participants

See the list of those that participated nationwide in 2013 here.