The 31st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor a Minnesota firefighter who died in the line of duty.
Firefighter Chip A. Imker, 35, of the Cambridge Fire Department, is among the 80 firefighters who died in 2011 and five firefighters who died in previous years, who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Imker died from injuries sustained during rope rescue training on May 24, 2011.
The names of those firefighters who died in the line of duty will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security.
More than 6,000 people, including Members of Congress,
Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the event.
Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.