Firefighters gather for memorial service
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - Firefighters from around Wisconsin
honored the sacrifices and services of those who fight fires with a
ceremony and a silent parade.
No Wisconsin firefighters died in the line of duty this year,
but about 750 people attended the Wisconsin State Firefighters
Memorial Service on Friday in Wisconsin Rapids to honor all
firefighters statewide.
After the ceremony, fire trucks from departments statewide
paraded through the city in a silent tribute, with their emergency
lights flashing red but no sirens sounding.
"That was gorgeous," said Nancy Ubinger of Wisconsin Rapids as
she watched the procession. "It makes me cry. I just appreciate
them so much."
During the service, firefighters also remembered the sacrifice
of their counterparts in New York during the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks.
Rick Moscinski, a Rudolph firefighter and president of the
Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Inc., urged the firefighters
to contribute to a state monument planned in Wisconsin Rapids to
commemorate firefighters.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson designated the city as the site for
the memorial, which is expected to cost about $1.5 million in
private donations.

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