Five members of the Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES) Honor Guard traveled to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD this past weekend for the 42nd annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
Each year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors this event to pay tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. At this year’s ceremony, 144 fallen firefighters were recognized, 79 of which were firefighters who died in 2022. Thousands attended this year’s event.
The honor guard members that represented CCFES were Battalion Chief Ricky Collett, Battalion Chief Cheri Collett, Lieutenant Angela Rice, Fire Apparatus Operator Stuart Fleming, and Sergeant Chris Brauda.
The CCFES Honor Guard was formed in the year 2000. The Honor Guard is called upon to perform a variety of functions, including parades, opening ceremonies, and funerals for fallen fire and emergency service personnel. The Honor Guard has appeared at the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration in Atlanta and presented the colors at a NASCAR event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The honor guard has also presented the colors during the opening day of baseball for the Atlanta Braves.
For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, visit: https://weekend.firehero.org/