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Vineland To Participate in National Fallen Firefighters Tribute

Vineland City Hall will light up red from May 1 through May 5 as part of the National Fallen Fighters Foundation “2024 Light The Night For Fallen Fighters” campaign. This annual event is a tribute to firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice and serves as a way to honor and remember those individuals and their families. As part of the event, landmarks, fire and community organizations, businesses, and homes across the nation will light up to show their support.

“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by Congress to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters,” said Vineland Fire and EMS Director Richard G. Franchetta, EJD, RMC. “Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provided resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and worked within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.”

“Tragically, we lose too many firefighters each year in the line of duty, both career and volunteer. In 2023, it was 80 lost nationally,” said Fire Chief Luigi Tramontana, Jr. “This recognition may seem like a small gesture, but I assure you that it means the world to every family that has experienced the loss of a loved one. We must always remember the bravery, commitment, and sacrifices of each of these heroes.”

“Vineland is proud to join communities around the country who are commemorating these fallen men and woman,” said Mayor Anthony Fanucci. “This event is a reminder to all of us as citizens that for every first responder there comes great risk. They put the needs of their fellow citizens and their community ahead of their own, and in some cases, put themselves in a situation where they could pay the ultimate price to protect others. We hope that residents and businesses will join this extraordinary display of solidarity. It means so much to the families of these brave souls.”

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