Ventura County remembers fallen firefighters

Firefighters from across the county will assemble at the Fallen Firefighters of Ventura County Memorial on Saturday, November 7, for the 11th annual ceremony honoring firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will be held at 10 a.m. on the lawn surrounding the Fallen Firefighters of Ventura County Memorial, located on the grounds of the Ventura County Government Center.

"Each year, the county comes together to honor our firefighter brothers and sisters that we've lost," said Division Chief Dustin Gardner. "The annual memorial service provides a place where people can spend time in the company of others who have lost a loved one. Whether it's a spouse, parent, child, friend, sibling or fellow coworker, they will never be forgotten."

The 45-minute ceremony will include a reading of the 42 fallen firefighter names on the Memorial, bagpipes, patriotic music and the traditional Firefighter's Bell Ceremony. Fire engines will line one lane of northbound Victoria Ave.

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial is a permanent monument to honor firefighters who have given their lives protecting the people and property of Ventura County. Built in 2004, the Memorial is supported by the eight fire agencies serving the county, including Ventura County, Oxnard, Ventura City, Federal Fire, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Memorial is located on the Victoria Avenue side of the Government Center. The circular monument has a pedestal inscribed with the names of 42 fallen firefighters and the Firefighter's Prayer. On top of the pedestal is a seven-foot statue of a firefighter holding a small child. Three flagpoles serve as a backdrop to the Memorial.

Memorial Ceremony:
Saturday, November 7, 2015
10 a.m.
800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, Calif.