‘Every one of them was a hero’: Memorial service in Columbus honors fallen firefighters


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The central Ohio community came together to honor those lost Sunday during the Columbus Division of Fire Firefighter Memorial Service.

The annual event was a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of our everyday heroes.

“It is impossible to adequately express our gratitude for those who answer the call to be firefighters, but it is essential that we try to do so nonetheless,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

The names of 29 firefighters who died this past year were read aloud.

Then, the bell tolled each time, honoring a brother or sister who answered the last alarm.

“I want you to think about their names, and I want you to think about the fact that every one of them was a hero, that there are people alive today that are prospering today because of actions that your family members took, and we can't thank you enough for that,” said Assistant Chief Chris Blair.

Governor Mike DeWine ordered the flags to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of the memorial ceremony.

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