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Lit up in red

Columbus Fire Department honors fallen firefighters

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Fire Department lit up an engine in red over the weekend to honor its fallen brothers and sisters in the fire service. 

The department said to date, 102 firefighters have died in the line of duty. 

The county also flew its flags at half-staff on Sunday in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. 

This year was the 40th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial service and was held on Sunday, Oct. 3 to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty.