Fallen Firefighters receive final salute

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The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend returned to its home this year. The weather also cooperated and a solemn candlelight and memorial service was held outdoors. The services were in front of the permanent memorial on the campus of the FEMA training facility in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The above photo is a video frame grab from Peter Roof’s hand-held camera during the service’s recessional. “Mosquito One,” the remote controlled quadcopter was used to gather some pre-show aerials around the campus. One shot made it into the highlight clip (view below) played to the audience at the end of the service.

Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands from around the nation attend along with many of the families who lost a loved one in the previous year. This year was significant since a few major incidents in Arizona and Texas in 2013 took the lives of large teams of firefighters all at once.

This is the sixth year that Peter Roof was operating a hand-held covering the two memorial services. The program was shown on a large screen at the venue plus sent live on two satellites and streamed on the web.