This week, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis hosted the ‘Ringing of the Bell’ ceremony to honor Florida’s fallen firefighters.
During the ceremony, 35 fallen firefighters from years 2017, 2021 and 2022 were honored and their names were inscribed on the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial in the Florida Capitol Courtyard.
“Every day and every night, Florida’s firefighters stand ready to answer the call, leaving their families behind and risking their lives to keep Floridians safe. These are the brave men and women who, at a moment’s notice, rush towards unbelievable danger with one mission – to save lives. Every time they answer a call, they put their lives in harm’s way to protect us and they deserve our deepest gratitude. Today, we honor Florida’s fallen firefighters, the ones that answered the call but didn’t come home. This moment serves as a reminder that selfless service does not come without sacrifice. Please pray for the families of these heroes and may God bless them. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Patronis said.
A list of the honored fallen firefighters is below:
Anthony C. Christensen
Dwain S. Bradshaw
Scott R. Neumann
Brian S. Smith
Thomas M. Barber
David L. Abernathy
Walter “Pete” Gee
Randall M. Donaldson, Jr.
Jeremy J. Saunders
William C. Donaldson
Jeremy J. McKay
James G. Gunter
Jimmy D. Riley
Eric M. Siena
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