STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Stamford Firefighter Richard Saunders will be honored having his named added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs. The memorial recognizes the sacrifice of firefighters who’ve died in the line of duty. Saunders name will be added to the memorial in a ceremony that takes place on September 17th, 2016.
Saunders succumbed to cancer on November 28, 2015. His name will join seven other Stamford Firefighters whose names are already engraved at the memorial. They include: Captain Daniel Chichester’s who died in 2010, Firefighter William Thomas Miller Jr. (2001), Firefighter Henry Wosniak, (1973), Captain George Daily (1956), Captain James R. Murray (1945), Firefighter Thomas J. Meehan (1932) and Firefighter Oscar H. Spahr (1920).
“It is a sad reality that there are 7,400 names on the National Firefighter Memorial Wall and eight (8) of those are firefighters who died in the service of our city,” said Stamford Professional Firefighter Association President Brendan Keatley. “It is critical that we always remember the sacrifice made by firefighters such as Richard Saunders.”
The Fallen Firefighter Memorial honors more than 7,400 professional firefighters from across the United States and Canada who died in the line of duty dating back to 1918. The names include those who have died on the job, as well as the alarming number who succumbed to chronic illnesses linked to the fire service such as heart disease and cancer.
Etched on granite walls forming concentric circles, the names tell a bigger story, a century of sacrifice and service, a fire service that has given so much but become stronger and made communities safer.