Oct. 23, 2021
Houston firefighters and their leaders remember and honor fallen heroes at 2021 memorial event. .
The 2021 Houston Fire Department memorial event at the Memorial park Houston in the presence of local municipal , state and congressional representatives from Houston including Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee , US 18th congressional district , Al Green of the 9th congressional district , Lizzie Fletcher of USA , 7th congressional district ,Fire chief Samuel Pena , Houston councilors , Honorable Mike Knox and Greg Travis .
Abby Cortez, the public information officer , Houston fire department began with the welcome and opening remarks followed by the presentation of the colors by the Houston fire department honor guard and the singing of the national anthem by Sarah Grace .
Chief of Houston fire department . Samuel Pena , accompanied by Rep Jackson Lee and Marty Lancton , the president , Houston professional fire fighters association local 341 placed the wreath of honor , which was immediately followed by the invocation by Houston fire department chaplain , E/O . Richard Ponce .
Chief Pena Samuel , in his printed message writes that " This past year has brought a tremendous amount of heartache and loss . We were face with four line of duty deaths and unprecedented number of our brothers and sisters were hospitalized due to Covid -19 . As we gather today , we want to humbly remember and honor those who have sacrificed everything in service of others . Time and time again , many forget the every day dangers that fluent in this field of work . Today we reflect on the lives that led and the legacy they leave behind . As we prepare to honor the memories of those faithful fire members who have lost their lives , we also want to acknowledge those who continue to give their all to this profession each day . May God bless our fallen and continue to protect our active duty members ".
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