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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to Honor Two Maryland Firefighters

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to Honor Two Maryland Firefighters

Emmitsburg, MD- The 26th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor two Maryland firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2006. They will be among the 82 men and 5 women from 33 states remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg. Four firefighters who died in previous years will also be honored.
Firefighter Allan M. Roberts, age 40, of the Baltimore City Fire Department died while fighting a residential structure fire on October 10, 2006.
Firefighter Edward D. Wilburn, age 64, of the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a fire call on December 9, 2006.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security will sponsor the official national tribute on October 7, 2007. This ceremony marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week designated by President Bush to focus national attention on the destruction of property and loss of life caused by fire.
As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger. During 2006, 87 firefighters died in the line of duty, making firefighting one of the nation's most dangerous occupations.
More than 5,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the event. Families receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Honor guard units from seven Maryland fire departments will participate in the Memorial Service, and Maryland fire service personnel will serve as family escorts.
The service will begin at 10am (EDT). It will be broadcast live via satellite on the following coordinates: C-Band Satellite Telesat ANIK F-2 (C-Band), Transponder: 1B, Polarization: Vertical, Channel Number 2, Downlink Frequency: 3740 MHz, Orbital Position: 111 degrees West Longitude, Audio Frequency: 6.2/6.8. On KU-Band Satellite: AMC - 5 (KU-Band), Transponder: 13, Polarization: Vertical, Channel Number: 13, Downlink Frequency: 12096 MHz, Orbital Position: 79 degrees West Longitude, Audio Frequency: 6.2/6.8.
Many fire departments across the country will conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half-staff, sound sirens at noon, and observe a moment of silent tribute.
For further information, visit www.firehero.org. The website includes a complete list of this year's honored fallen firefighters and images of past memorial services.

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