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We Salute Our Bravest

One of the most rewarding things about working at Glendale Parade Store is that you "meet" people from all around the United States. Sometimes we actually "meet" our customers in person, but most often we "meet" them through customer service. Our customers' needs vary; from a mother ordering a special aiguillette for a child who has just been made a leader of her JROTC unit to a school secretary ordering new flags for the gymnasium. Often, however, our customers call for help in preparing for a funeral or a memorial service. One of our recent callers was preparing for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

The firefighter went on to tell the story of the horrific evening of December 24, 2012, when a man set fire to a home in West Webster, New York, and then fired on the first responders as they arrived to help. This year two members of the West Webster Volunteer Fire Department, along with seventy-one other firefighters who died in 2012 and eight who died in prior years, will be honored at the memorial service.

Chiapperini Kaczowka

One of the fallen West Webster firefighters was Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini who had volunteered as a firefighter for over 25 years. His memorial page described him as "Courageous, determined, outgoing, humorous, and generous are qualities that describe Mike. He adored his family, would always help a friend in need, and was a true public servant." He was also a police lieutenant for the Webster Police Department. For several years one of his roles at the fire department was to serve as advisor for the Explorers Post. It was in this role that he met a young man, Tomasz Kaczowka. Kaczowka was killed in the line of duty along with his mentor. According to his memorial page, "He had selflessly offered to stay at the firehouse overnight so that other firefighters could spend time with their families on Christmas Eve. His heroic actions will not be forgotten." Although most of us never knew these young firefighters, they represent the best of America and the best of the firefighters in your community.

On Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, eighty-one firefighters will be memorialized at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was designated by Congress in 1990 as the official monument to all fallen firefighters. Plaques surrounding the monument bear the names of 3,576 firefighters who have died in the line-of-duty since 1981. The Memorial is located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The park features a brick Walk of Honor® that connects the National Monument, the historic National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and memorial plazas. Visit FireHero.org to learn more about the Memorial and to see how you might contribute to the Walk of Honor® by purchasing a brick. The ceremonies include a candlelight ceremony on Saturday evening and a memorial service on Sunday morning. These ceremonies will be live streamed and can be seen at FireHero.org.

Bells Across America

Another ceremony to honor our fallen firefighters is through a program called Bells Across America where fire companies and local organizations join together to ring bells in their community during the October weekend. Their website states, "The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station. Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters."

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