SUMMIT, NJ - Honoring the 119 firefighters who perished in the line of duty in 2018, the Summit Fire Department will join participating communities across the nation in 'Bells Across America', a moment of remembrance set for 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.
Coast to coast, bells will ring to start the memorial ceremony as a grateful nation pauses to honor the fallen. A brief ceremony will be held outside fire headquarters in Summit following the ringing of bells.
“We are thankful for the religious and spiritual leaders in our community that will join us and participate in a moment of remembrance to honor our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Summit Fire Chief Eric Evers.
For 37 consecutive years, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial weekend has been held in Emmitsburg, MD, to honor firefighters who have given their lives protecting the communities they serve. A team of Summit firefighters -- Battalion Chief Paul Imbimbo, Lieutenant Brian Harnois, Firefighter Matthew Lemons along with retired members Deputy Chief Rick DeGroot and Battalion Chief Joe Wurtzbacher -- will travel to Emmitsburg before the Sunday ceremony to help organize and plan the event.