Clark County fire stations will join those across the country Friday night in lighting up the sky with red strobe lights in honor of fallen fire fighters.
Clark County Fire District 6 will pull out the fire engines and turn on the lights as a part of the annual “Light the Night” campaign.
The public is invited to station 61 at 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., station 62 at 11600 N.W. Lakeshore Ave. and station 63 at 1303 N.E. 136th Street. The event will begin at 8:15 p.m. The best visual display will be at station 61, according to the fire department.
Last year, 144 U.S. firefighters died while on the job, which is more than double the number of deaths in 2019, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In 2020, 81 firefighters are believed to have died from being exposed to COVID-19 while on the job. Sixty three on-duty firefighter deaths occurred from other causes.
More firefighters died while on duty in the U.S. in 2020 than any other year since the 1970s — except for 2001 when 300 firefighters died on Sept. 11, according to fire district 6.