Suffolk County Memorializes 2019 & 2020 Fallen Firefighters
By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | May 03, 2021 | NEW YORK
Story No. 050321127
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosSayville Firefighters infront of the Maltese cross with flowers placed on it in honor of every Suffolk County Firefighter and Ladies Auxiliary member that has passed since May 2019.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosMemorial Bell that was rung during the service.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosUniformed members of Suffolk County Fire Departments marching in.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosFlowers are placed as Names are read.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire Photoshttps://www.1strespondernews.com/webpages/news/showothers.aspx?PT=columns&cat=&show=nfOne of the Chaplins from Suffolk Volunterro Fire Association reads during the service.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone giving some remarks after all the names were read.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosReverend John Fleischmann a Chaplin for Suffolk County Volunteer Fire Association from the Center Moriches Fire Department Reads the Benediction toward the end of the service.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosMembers of the executive board for Suffolk Volunteer Firemen's Association.
Sayville N.Y. On the afternoon of Sunday May 2nd, The Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association & Ladies Auxiliary held their 83rd Annual Reverend John P. Halpin Memorial Service. This service is usually held annually in May to honor the Suffolk County Firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary members that passed in the previous year.
However due to the impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic the service was not able to be held in 2020. This would not stop those that passed the year prior from being honored and remembered. This years’ service at the Sayville FD Station 2 honored those who passed away from May 2019 to present. A total of 213 Firefighters were remembered this included 2 line of duty deaths. Additionally, 39 Ladies Auxiliary members were memorialized. The service was attended by many uniformed members from departments across Suffolk County as well as Dignitaries including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Members of the Suffolk Legislature and Commissioner of Fire Rescue John Jordan. Also in attendance were family members and friends of those lost.
The reading of the names of those lost lasted about a half hour and bag pipes were also played during portions of the service. Since not everyone could attend in person the service was live streamed via Facebook and Zoom.
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