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PF&R Pays Tribute to 36 Fallen Firefighters


Posted: June 28th, 2010 8:05 AM

Firefighters to Pay Tribute to 36 Fallen Heroes

What:  99th Annual David Campbell Memorial Service
When:  Monday, 10:00a.m, June 28th
Where: 19th and West Burnside

For ninety nine years, Portland Fire & Rescue has taken a moment each June, on the anniversary of the death of Fire Chief David Campbell, to honor the 36 Portland firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

There will be a unique addition to the ceremony this year: one of the most cherished and revered national symbols of the post-9/11 era, the United States Honor Flag, is embarking on a multi-city tour to honor our Military and Public Safety heroes. We are honored to have the United States Honor Flag present at this, the 99th David Campbell Memorial.

This one flag has flown with our Nation's military, over Ground Zero, state capitols, the Pentagon, presidential libraries, state and National memorials, and many funerals and tributes.  It honors those in public safety and the United States military who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our communities and country. The United States Honor Flag has become a symbol of honor, rich in history, inspiring a renewed spirit of American patriotism as it has paid tribute to those who have answered the call of duty and gone before us, forever remembered.

Join Fire Commissioner Randy Leonard, Fire Chief John Klum, and the Campbell Memorial Board of Trustees – David Marshall, Worth Caldwell, Paul Corah, Terry Shanley, and Erik Gerding – as they pay tribute to Portland's fallen heroes.

The Campbell Memorial was established in 1913 to perpetuate the memory of Portland's heroic Fire Chief David Campbell, who died in a building collapse after ordering all firefighters from the burning building. A memorial to fallen firefighters was also created, as well as an awards program to honor Portland firefighters who have performed outstanding acts of heroism while in the performance of assigned duties.

Photo opportunities:
-the 2008 Firefighter of the Year, Glen Eisner, will ring the bell for fallen Portland firefighters -presentation of flower wreath by Commissioner Randy Leonard -bagpipes played by Firefighter Greg Rose -platoon of firefighters in dress uniform -Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police Honor Guard
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