Fallen firefighters and officers honored at annual ceremony - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fallen firefighters and officers honored at annual ceremony

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Mid-Southerners, firefighting personnel, and law enforcement officers gathered to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

The Annual Fallen Heroes Remembrance Service took place Thursday morning at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

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Families such as Memphis Police Office Sean Bolton, who was killed in August 2015 during a traffic stop, know the sacrifices of law enforcement and firefighters all too well.

Thursday, Bolton’s family took part in the Fallen Heroes ceremony to honor Bolton and those like him.

"These heroes, they're real life heroes," M.P.D. Interim Police Director Michael Rallings said. "They're not make believe. They sacrifice a lot and we owe them a lot."

Firefighters such as Lt. Rodney Eddins, a 30 year veteran firefighter who died while fighting a fire in April, were honored too. Their service to the community was also recognized.

"The fact that we're willing to risk our lives and the community recognizes that. Moments like this make me really proud to be a firefighter for the City of Memphis," Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat said.

Nothing can truly show just how much these real life heroes mean to Memphis and the Mid-South. The ceremony is meant as a reminder that even though these heroes are gone, they are definitely not forgotten.

 "This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and show just a moment of appreciation for what they all meant to the Mid-South community," Sweat added.

The annual event is set up by Memphis government.

"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors--the men it remembers," late President John F. Kennedy said.

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