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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial to honor Fire District 6 firefighter

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: May 4, 2023, 5:57am

Joseph Killian, a former Clark County Fire District 6 firefighter-paramedic who died from cancer in January 2022 at the age of 56 will be one of 144 fallen firefighters honored this weekend at a national tribute.

The 42nd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, in Emmitsburg, Md., will memorialize 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2022 and 65 who died in previous years, according to a news release. Killian’s name will be among those whose names will be inscribed on a bronze plaque at the National Memorial.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will host a candlelight service Saturday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The organization will then host a memorial service Sunday, beginning at 7 a.m.

People can stream the events on NFFF’s website, firehero.org, YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/NFFFTV, or Facebook page, facebook.com/NationalFallenFirefightersFoundation. People can also write on Killian’s online memorial wall at weekend.firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/joseph-b-killian.

During the memorial service, each family will be presented with an American flag that has flown over the memorial, a badge and a rose, the news release states. Flags will also be lowered to half-staff Sunday to honor the firefighters.