5 deceased firefighters from West Virginia to be honored in national ceremony | VM News
EMMITSBURG, Md. (WV News) – Five West Virginia firefighters were among 215 people who have died in the line of duty and will be honored at the 40th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
The West Virginia dead: Firefighter James Ward of the Town of Logan Fire Department; Mark Horwich of the Clover Roane Volunteer Fire Department; firefighter Zachary Blankenship of the Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department; firefighter Russell Roberson Jr. of the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department; and Firefighter Logan Young of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
The families of the deceased firefighters will gather on Saturday evening for a candlelight service. During the ceremony, a plaque bearing the names of those who died will be added to the National Memorial to Fallen Firefighters. The next morning, families will participate in the memorial service at the National Memorial.
COVID-related deaths in the line of duty are now a factor in the tribute and will continue to be so in the future.
Eighty-seven firefighters died in the line of duty in 2020. Eighty-two firefighters died in 2019. Forty-six firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years will also be honored. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will present each family with an American flag flying above the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the United States Capitol.