Citizens urged to 'Shine Your Light for Firefighters'


In commemoration of International Firefighters’ Day 2020, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking that you join with them in celebrating firefighters by lighting your home in red next week.

While the national observance was May 4-5, The Times and the NFFF is encouraging you to Shine Your Light for Firefighters by changing your porch lights to red throughout the remainder of May.  

The effort is just one way you can show your appreciation for local firefighters. There are other ways, too, to honor our firefighters.


Fallen Firefighter Memorial

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the Tennessee State Fire Academy in Deason was founded in 2002 by the fire service organizations of the state to honor the memory of the many men and women who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting citizens.

Those organizations include the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association, Tennessee Firemen’s Association, Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy, Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains, and the Tennessee Professional Firefighters Association.

Ceremonies marking the opening of the memorial were held on Sept. 11, 2009, and attended by approximately 700 dignitaries, family members, emergency service personnel, and friends. Phase II, which included the unveiling of a statue honoring the fallen firefighter, was dedicated Sept. 10, 2011. Also featured is a memorial to 9/11 which contains a steel I-beam that once was a part of the towers at Ground Zero in New York City.

Among the fallen firefighters memorialized there is Ben Morgan Toon of the Fayetteville Fire Department, who was killed in the line of duty in 1961.

The memorial is supported by annual events, including the sale of memorial bricks, or pavers. Engraved pavers can be purchased by individuals for $100, fire departments for $250, or corporations for $500, on the FFMT website at

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