Thousands in Colorado Springs plan to attend Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this weekend

Memorial ceremony for fallen Fire Fighters, FOX21 News, Sarah Ferguson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  On Saturday, the International Association of Fire Fighters will commemorate the 31st annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial.

However, due to Hurricane Irma, some families and firefighters won’t be able to make the special event.

“We have 10 firefighters actually deployed down to the hurricane area,”  said Mike Smalldino, coordinator of the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. “They originally were in Texas on their way home and they were re-deployed down to the south area.”

This year 196 names will be added to the memorial, with several CSFD members and their families stepping up to help out.

In just the past week, more than 30 volunteers have helped with setting up the event and directing families to their loved ones’ names on the wall.

Since some families from Florida won’t be able to attend the ceremony, their loved ones will be honored in 2018.

“Their loved one’s name is on this wall, and if it’s this year or next year when we honor them, we are going to do it right,” said Smalldino.

For Karen Ryglewicz, who came all the way from Canada to honor her dad, the wait is worth it.

“It really takes your breath away, because you know he did something, he was here for a purpose,” said Ryglewicz.

The Saturday memorial ceremony will follow the Ride of Honor procession, which starts at 10 a.m.

>> Tap here for more information on the memorial. 

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