Memorial for firefighters killed in chemical fires to be unveiled
BATON ROUGE - The State Fire Marshal's Office said they will honor firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty this Saturday at their annual memorial ceremony.
Fire Marshal Butch Browning said they will also unveil a new addition to the memorial which recognizes industrial firefighters killed while battling fires at chemical plants. He said of the 106 names on the current memorial, two of them died in chemical fires in 1982 and 2011.
"Whether it's municipal, wildland, or industrial firefighters, these men and women selflessly give of themselves every day to protect the citizens of this great state," Browning said. "We owe a great deal to them."
Work on the addition began in January. The memorial service will also recognize seven other firefighters who died in the line of duty between 1912 and 2014.
The Louisiana Fallen Firefighters' Memorial ceremony will be April 11 at the Office of the State Fire Marshal building on Independence Boulevard, starting at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided.