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President Barack Obama to Speak at MSMU During the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Mount St. Mary's University
October 2, 2015

President Barack Obama will attend and speak at the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on October 4 at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Knott Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex.

The U.S. Fire Service, along with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), located in Emmitsburg, MD, will honor the lives of 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014, and three firefighters who died in previous years.

"Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need,” said Chief Dennis Compton, chairman of the board of the NFFF. “Each fall, we gather to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty and to let their families, friends and co-workers know they will never be forgotten.”

The firefighters will be remembered in a special Candlelight Service on October 3, and the weekend will include the presentation of a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fallen, added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

“We are blessed with the opportunity to assist our neighbors at the NFFF in honoring these heroes and their families — who are suffering through the loss of a loved one,” said Simon Newman, president of Mount St. Mary’s University. “And we are extremely fortunate to welcome President Obama to our campus as he thanks the firefighters and their families for the extraordinary courage they display each day to keep us safe.”

More than 4,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe and Drum units from across America will participate in the service.

The Memorial Service begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Please plan to arrive early. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored please visit http://live.firehero.org. The annual tribute is sponsored by the NFFF and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration and is possible through the generous support from Motorola Solutions, Department of Justice, State Farm Insurance Companies, Tyco, VFIS and Provident.

For more information please visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.