Fire­fighter hon­ored at Na­tional Me­mo­rial Ser­vice

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EMMITSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Fire Ser­vice hon­ored a fire­fighter from Ok­la­homa who died in the line of duty, dur­ing the 37th Na­tional Fallen Fire­fight­ers Me­mo­rial Ser­vice on Sun­day, Oct. 7. He was among the 80 fire­fight­ers who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 fire­fight­ers who died in pre­vi­ous years who were re­mem­bered at the of­fi­cial na­tional ser­vice at the Na­tional Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

Fire­fighter Michael Dale “Mike” Rus­sell, 68, of the Leach Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, died Feb. 22, 2017, from in­juries sus­tained when he was in­volved in a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in the tanker truck he was driv­ing to a struc­ture fire. His name was added to the Na­tional Fallen Fire­fight­ers Me­mo­rial on the Academy grounds.

The na­tional trib­ute is spon­sored by the Na­tional Fallen Fire­fight­ers Foun­da­tion and the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s U.S. Fire Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

More than 5,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, friends, mem­bers of Congress, Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and fire­fight­ers were ex­pected to at­tend on Sun­day. Fire­fighter honor guards and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. were ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in this na­tional re­mem­brance.

For a com­plete list of fallen fire­fight­ers be­ing hon­ored, go to

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