Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen

Since 1872 there have been 87 men and women who have died while serving communities in Vermont. Sunday there was a ceremony at the First Responder’s Memorial in Pittsford, VT.

Pittsford, VT - Since 1872 there have been 87 men and women who have died while serving communities in Vermont.
Sunday there was a ceremony at the First Responder’s Memorial in Pittsford, VT.
The Vermont Emergency Services Memorial Service honors all emergency service personnel including police, fire, EMS and corrections officers who lost their lives while protecting the citizens of Vermont.
Organizers say thankfully no one died in the line of duty this year but they still gather each year to remember and honor those who did.
87 names were read.
“It’s to show respect, for people who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Kevin Blongy, a Rutland Police Officer.
Those 87 men and women are remembered each year by friends, family, and fellow officers at the annual Remembrance Ceremony for Fallen Emergency Service Workers of Vermont
The ceremony, now in its 10th year, was held at the Vermont Police and Fire Academy in Pittsford on Sunday.
The base of the memorial honors everyone who has served, is currently serving, and will serve in public safety and emergency services in Vermont.
“The tablets surrounding it are dedicated and have the names engraved of the people who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Blongy.
Blongy says he knew five of these people.
“Public safety in Vermont is a tight knit community. There are not a lot of us. And we all work together all the time,” said Blongy.
So for many this ceremony is a way to honor friends and former co-workers.
“We remember each and every person that died in the line of duty,” said Blongy.
But the memorial isn't quite finished. After 20 years of fundraising Blongy says they are excited to put the finishing touches on it in the spring.
“It's going to go around the main memorial with names in remembrance of people or just different organizations and we've finally gotten the money to finish that project and put them in place,” said Blongy.
Blongy says the Vermont Emergency Services Memorial Committee had to fundraise to be able to construct most of the memorial. When the final bricks are laid in the spring Blongy says next year’s remembrance ceremony will also feature a re-dedication of the memorial.


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