It was a memorial service to honor fallen firefighters in Rock Island.
"It's important for us to remember our fallen
brothers. Both the ones that died in the
line of duty, as well as those who died while they were still active, and also
our retirees," said Jeff Werkey, Rock Island Fire Department Assistant
The service paid tribute to the fallen firefighters with a
Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley was the guest speaker.
It included the ringing of a cast bronze bell that's been a
part of the department for 120 years.
It also included the naming of every fallen firefighter in
Family of fallen firefighters said it's a tight knit
"We're a real close family, all the guys stick together
and they're there for each other. Which
is really important," said Betty Plank, whose husband was a firefighter
for 26 years.
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