Public Announcements


2017 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Services - Sat., June 3, 2017

The 20th Annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Richmond International Raceway Complex’s Main Exhibition Hall.

Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel who died in the line of duty or have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the last year will be honored for their bravery and dedicated public service. This year’s service will pay tribute to Battalion Chief Louis Stark of City of Newport News Fire Department, Firefighter/Paramedic Timothy Killian of James City County Fire Department, and Fire Chief Robert Baber of Crozet Volunteer Fire Department.

This year’s service will include a keynote address, a Virginia Fire Services Honor Guard procession featuring the Saint Andrew’s Legion Pipes and Drums, a musical performance, and a fire and EMS apparatus display from departments across the state.

State flags will be presented to the families of the fallen. A reception, sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, Virginia State Firefighters Association, and Virginia Professional Firefighters will be held for family members and guests immediately following the service. Both the service and the reception are open to the public.

For more information on the Virginia Fallen Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service, contact Mark L. Buff at (804) 249.1965 or visit If your department is interested in sending apparatus to the service, please contact Mark Buff at Individuals or departments interested in Honor Guard participation should contact April Elmore at Please make your plans to attend this important event and pay tribute to these heroes.

* Funding was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Department of Health.