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2021 Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

After much thought, conversation and with an overabundance of caution, the decision has been made to cancel the 2021 Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service schedule for August 15, 2021, at the Washington State Fire Training Academy.   With the rising concern of the new COVID variate outbreak and consideration for the health and welfare of the family and department members attending, we believe this is the best course of action.  Honoring our fallen firefighters is a priority for the members of the fire service and this decision was not reached lightly.   Thirteen firefighters were scheduled to be honored this year, and their memory and the impact on our lives will not go unnoticed or be forgotten.
 
After much thought, conversation and with an overabundance of caution, the decision has been made to cancel the 2021 Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service schedule for August 15, 2021, at the Washington State Fire Training Academy.   With the rising concern of the new COVID variate outbreak and consideration for the health and welfare of the family and department members attending, we believe this is the best course of action.  Honoring our fallen firefighters is a priority for the members of the fire service and this decision was not reached lightly.   Thirteen firefighters were scheduled to be honored this year, and their memory and the impact on our lives will not go unnoticed or be forgotten.
  
While we are cancelling this year's memorial, we are still moving forward with honoring our fallen members.  Washington State Fallen Firefighter Honors will be delivered to individual departments.   Over the next few months, we will be scheduling a time with each of the departments and the families to hang the Memorial Ribbons upon the State Memorial Pike Pole memorializing the life and sacrifice of each one of our honorees.
  
“Never Forgotten” are words we hold closely and are only held true when we take the purposeful action to remember.   To each of the families and the departments, we remember with you the firefighters who are deeply ingrained in your lives and culture.
 
 
Firefighter Crystal Murphy
Lacey Fire District 3
December 25, 2017
 
Firefighter Erik Shouse
Snohomish County District 7
April 22, 2018
 
Battalion Chief Mike Zainfeld
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
September 19, 2019
 
Lieutenant Kirk Robinson
Bothell Fire Department
October 4, 2019
 
Assistant Chief Christian Johnson
Okanogan County District 3
October 2, 2019
 
Chief Don Waller
Okanogan County District 6
November 6, 2019
 
Lieutenant Philip Oldham
Grays Harbor County District 2
November 15, 2019
 
Firefighter Dave Lewis (retired)
Valley Regional Fire Authority (Auburn)
December 22, 2019
 
Lieutenant Jay G. Wheeler
Seattle Fire Department
March 4, 2020
 
Firefighter Steven Bailie
Kennewick Fire Department
July 17, 2020
 
Firefighter/EMT Darrell Dabling
Hanford Fire Department
August 13, 2020
 
Firefighter/EMT Alan Basso
Cowlitz County Fire District 5
November 27, 2020
 
Lieutenant Darleen Raffelson
Tumwater Fire Department
December 17, 2020

 
The members of the planning committee will be in touch with affected departments and families to schedule the ceremonies.  Please contact Pat Ellis for information at pellis@pugetsoundfire.org or 253-856-4426

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