For the first time in 26 years, ceremonies of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend will be broadcast live, via the Internet.
Viewing the services live on any computer comes about through a partnership between Firehouse.com and STATter 911, the fire and EMS related blog published by veteran journalist and former firefighter/EMT from the Washington, D.C. area, Dave Statter, who is with WUSA 9News.
Survivors of the fallen firefighters will participate in Family Day activities on Saturday, Oct. 6 on the National Fire Academy campus in Emmitsburg. An evening Candlelight Service at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will conclude the day.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, honor guard units and bagpipers will open the Memorial Service with a procession honoring America's bravest and their families. The national tribute will conclude with the unveiling of plaques listing the names of the 2006 fallen heroes and others being honored who died in previous years.
The Candlelight Service at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton on Saturday is from 6 to 9 p.m, and the broadcast will be hosted by Dave Statter.
The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service is on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be hosted by Dave Statter and Hillary Howard, a broadcaster with WTOP Radio. Dave has hosted the satellite feed for 11 years and has recently been joined by Hillary in bringing this moving ceremony to viewers.
Dave Statter has reported on fire and EMS issues for 35 years. STATter 911 began in May of this year as another outlet for his journalism.
The telecast is produced by NFFF in conjunction with WITF-TV, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
As the services approach, viewers will be able to click on a link at Firehouse.com/Memorial2007 and the streaming video will be available.
As in years past the satellite feed is available. Follow this link, Satellite Coordinates for viewing the weekend service this way.