Fallen West Virginia Firefighter honored

Late West Virginia volunteer firefighter John Forbush was among those honored during the 42nd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
Published: May. 7, 2023 at 9:48 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) hosted the 42nd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

On Sunday, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honored 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2022 and 65 firefighters who died in previous years.

“When a firefighter answers the call to action, their loved ones are answering the call too,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorka with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. “Every fallen hero we honor today was supported by a family who also gave of themselves, who sacrificed so much so that others could be safe.”

Among those honored was fallen West Virginia Volunteer Firefighter John Forbush.

Forbush, 24, died in the line of duty while attempting to save a mother and her child from the Elk River.

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Forbush served for four years with the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department.

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Each firefighter’s name will be inscribed on a bronze plaque in honor of their sacrifices.

On Sunday, bells across the United States rang to honor those who died.

See the 2023 honor roll on their website.