Local

Names of Central Florida firefighters killed in line of duty added to Fallen Firefighter Memorial

OCALA, Fla. — Each year, members of the fire service community and their families gather at Florida State Fire College in Ocala to honor firefighters from across Florida who lost their lives in the line of duty.

>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<

At a ceremony on Nov. 18, the names of 16 firefighters were added to that list.

Read: ‘Like an explosion’: Investigation into fast-moving Orlando house fire underway

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said the ceremony honors the sacrifice that first responders make every day.

“From 9/11 to the Surfside condo collapse and Hurricane Ian, these brave men and women willingly leave their families behind and run toward danger to save the lives of others,” Patronis said.

Read: Florida leaders to reveal new details on investigation into teen’s death on Orlando thrill ride

Among the 16 firefighters honored this year, six are from Central Florida:

Dennis Sams — Satellite Beach Fire Rescue

Dustin C. Schieber — Seminole County Fire Department

Scott E. Allender — Melbourne Fire Department

Mitchell R. Weldon — Cocoa Fire Rescue

Douglas Clemons — Polk County Fire Rescue

James S. Hunt — Melbourne Fire Department

Read: Lack of ‘emotional regulation’ contributing to increase in youth violence, expert says

More information on Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial can be found here.

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.

Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.