New York honors fallen firefighters, marks Firefighter Appreciation Day

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — State lawmakers Tuesday joined firefighters from across the state for a special remembrance of New York’s bravest.

Gov. Hochul issued a proclamation marking Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, as Firefighter Appreciation Day and honored 45 firefighters who lost their lives at the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany.

Their families joined the service and were each given a folded American flag.

"I don’t know how you can describe, to the rest of us mere mortals, how people are willing to do that," Hochul said. "It’s so powerful and so humbling to me to lead a state that is filled with people like the person you’re coming here to honor today."

Tuesday night state landmarks will be lit red in honor of the 24 firefighters who have died this year.

Hochul also signed a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, 2021, as Fire Prevention Week.