National Fallen Firefighters Memorial service

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Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

This is the forth year that Peter Roof was operating a hand-held covering the two memorial services. This year budget constraints removed a few cameras but we still used nine positioned around the stage and audience. Two GoPro mini-cameras were planted on members of the pipe-and-drum corps and got some interesting angles during the processional. You can see Roof running a camera between the people pictured.

The threat of rain moved the Sunday service in the basketball arena of nearby Mount St. Mary’s college. The crew had to fully strike the setup at the outdoor memorial and reset in the gym before the morning service. Anticipating this necessity the crew preset camera and audio cables in the arena before the candlelight service.

This was still in standard definition but in the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. The program was shown on a large LED screen at the edge of the venue plus sent live on two satellites and streamed on the web.

(Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation)

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