ROANOKE, Va.—Two former Roanoke firefighters will be honored Saturday at the 15th annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
David Palmer and Battallion Chief Bobbie Slayton, both of the Roanoke Fire-EMS, will be honored. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Richmond Raceway Complex Old Dominion Building.
Four other firefighters from around the state will also be recognized.
Here is the news release from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs:
The 15th annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Richmond Raceway Complex Old Dominion Building. Six firefighters who died in the line of duty or have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the last year will be honored for their bravery and dedicated public service.
The fallen firefighters to be honored are Firefighter David Palmer of Roanoke Fire-EMS, Lieutenant William Brady of Norfolk Fire-Rescue, Battalion Chief Bobbie Slayton of Roanoke Fire-EMS, Captain James Blanchard of James City County Fire Department, Firefighter Jeffery Cocke of Altavista Fire Department, and Firefighter Horace Pendergrass of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue. In addition to honoring recently fallen firefighters, the memorial service will honor the memory of all Virginia firefighters who have given their lives in the service of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This year’s service will include a keynote address by Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy, a Virginia Fire Services Honor Guard procession featuring the Saint Andrew’s Legion Pipes and Drums, musical performance by singer songwriter Susan Greenbaum, and a fire apparatus display from fire departments across the state. State flags that have been flown above the Virginia State Capitol will be presented to the families of the fallen firefighters by Secretary of Public Safety Marla G. Decker.
The families of the fallen firefighters will travel via police escorted motorcade from the SpringHill Suites Richmond Virginia Center on Brook Road to the Richmond International Raceway Complex departing at approximately 10:50 a.m. and following a route that will take them south along Brook Road, east on Azalea Avenue, and south on the Richmond Henrico Turnpike with anticipated arrival at the Raceway at 11:15 a.m.
Additionally, this is the second year that the service will be broadcast live over the internet. Viewers will be able to access a live feed of the service starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time at: http://www.vbfdtv.com/live_broadcast_page.html, with preliminary information on the firefighters being honored, followed at 12 p.m. by the full service.
A reception, sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, Virginia State Firefighters Association, Virginia Professional Firefighters, and Southwest Virginia Firefighters Association, will be held for fallen firefighter family members and guests immediately following the service. Both the service and the reception are open to the public.
For more information on the Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, contact Mark L. Buff at (804) 249.1965 or visit www.vafire.com.