Senators honor fallen firefighters at annual memorial service (VIDEO)

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On Tuesday, May 8, lawmakers joined firefighters and their families from across the state for the 25th annual fallen firefighter memorial ceremony at the Capitol in Springfield.

The Illinois Firefighter Memorial is dedicated to the firefighters of Illinois, who have given their lives in the line of duty and to those firefighters who heroically serve with courage, pride and honor.The Line of Duty Death Award is given to the family of a firefighter deceased in, or as a result of, the performance of their duty. In addition to firefighters and fire officials, the event features the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums.

This year, State Fire Marshall Matt Perez honored two firefighters:


Firefighter John “Mike” Cummins, Homer Fire Protection District

Firefighter Lawrence Matthews, Village of Dolton Fire Department

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