Arkansas Landmarks to Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

Oct 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Community

Nearly everyone knows a firefighter. They’re our family, friends and co-workers. They respond to a stranger’s call for help without hesitation, and serve with pride and compassion.  They’re our community heroes. When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, an entire community grieves.     Nearly everyone knows a firefighter. They’re our family, friends and co-workers. They respond to a stranger’s call for help without hesitation, and serve with pride and compassion.  They’re our community heroes. When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, an entire community grieves.     As dusk turns to dark, these landmarks will join more than 30 other iconic landmarks across the country that will glow in respect to the fallen and their survivors for Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters. This nation-wide lighting is part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 7 and 8, in Emmitsburg, Maryland and sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).  • The Main Street Bridge in Little Rock on October 7th  • The Junction Bridge in Little Rock on October 7th   • The Clinton Presidential Park Bridge in Little Rock on October 7th • The Union Plaza Building in Little Rock on October 7th and8th     It was 25 years ago that Congress established the NFFF as the only organization to honor all fallen firefighters – career, volunteer, wildland, military and contract – and offer support to their loved ones.  The Foundation created Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters to recognize the 25th anniversary of the NFFF and the Memorial Weekend.     “We hope that this magnificent display of lights throughout the country will allow the survivors of the fallen to see that the nation is with them in spirit as they reflect on cherished times with their firefighters,” explained Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman of the Board of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. On Sunday, October 8, the lives of 75 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2016 and 20 firefighters who died in previous years will be honored during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. During the service, a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fallen will be officially added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. These firefighters will also be remembered in a special Candlelight Service on Saturday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).