Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony – Upstate Photographer Albany NY
Covering the Fallen Firefighter memorial at the Empire State Plaza is always an emotional assignment.
Etched into the vast stone tablets, there are over 2,000 names of New York State firefighters who have died in the line of duty. More are added at a solemn ceremony every fall at the New York State Capitol. Families, co-workers, friends gather to take rubbings of the names for display back home, back in the firehouse.
With limited access to an emergency escape, one firefighter told his comrade to go first because he had a family. His name is now there for all to see and hopefully remember that sacrifice is not just a word nor a vague concept.
Legions of dark uniformed servants gather.
A flag, the symbol of who we are as a grateful country, is presented to those grieving. The Last Call bell is rung, reminding all that lives are on the line, and are given up, when a bell rings calling these people into battle.
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