by Pam Zubeck
The 27th Annual International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance will take place Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 pm at Memorial Park. We anticipate over 5,000 family members and fire fighters from all over the United States and Canada to attend, honoring the IAFF fire/emergency service personnel who died in the line of duty or who are being recognized posthumously for job related cancers. Denver Fire Department, Local 858, will be honoring one of its own, Fire Fighter Randall E. Atkinson. Fire Fighter Atkinson died October 9, 2012 of an occupational health related event.
*The ceremony is open to the public and will last approximately 90 minutes. Seating priority will be given to family members and uniformed fire fighters.
*At 12:00pm a large procession of fire apparatus from around the State of Colorado and approximately 400 fire fighter motorcyclists, will depart from The Promenade Shops at Briargate. The procession will travel east on Briargate Parkway to Union Boulevard, and then travel south on Union Boulevard to Pikes Peak Avenue. It will stop at 1:00 pm at Memorial Park, signifying the commencement of the ceremony. Participation in the procession is NOT open to the public/non fire department affiliated riders. However, we strongly encourage the general public to line the sidewalks along the procession route to show their support.
There will be numerous road blocks around Memorial Park for the ceremony as well as “rolling roadblocks” provided by the Colorado Springs Police Department along the procession route. For detailed road block information see the following link: www.iafflocal5.com