Honoring Our Fallen Firefighters

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

At the Nevada Firefighters' Memorial at Mills Park, there was a somber salute to those who have died saving others.

"When you give your life to your community, you've given everything," says Steve Frady, chairman of the Nevada Firefighters' Memorial.

In front of the wall that bore the names of 63 Nevada firefighters, another was added. Thirty-nine year old Paul Cash, a fire captain from Elko, died in February as a result of a Hantavirus infection. He got the infection on the job.

For his aunt who was attending the tribute, just seeing his name on the wall plaque, brought tears to her eyes.

"It's an honor," she says. "It's so hard to know that he's gone, but it's an honor that they're honoring him."

And they were honoring all of those in the firefighting community who give up so much on a daily basis.

"We really don't get a full grasp of what a firefighter does," says Doug Deacy, a Washoe Valley resident who was attending the service. "You get a little bit more of an intimate interpretation of that job," he says about the ceremony.

"These firefighters give up their time with their families, their wives, their children. They are always on cll and their work environment is hazardous by nature. And it's important that we remember these sacrifices, but it's also an inspiration al ceremony to future firefighters and the younger firefighters here today," says Frady.

About 150 people attended this year's ceremony.

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