As Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputy Will Brian belted out the final notes of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes as part of a memorial Tuesday for the 19 firefighters who died Sunday in Yarnell, Ariz., a Baton Rouge Fire Department fire engine zoomed down Wooddale Boulevard en route to a call.
“As we’re taking a moment of silence and memorializing, we see firefighters responding and putting themselves once again in harm’s way,” state Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.
The sirens wailing through the air was a fitting end to the memorial hosted by Browning and state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain at the Louisiana State Firefighters Memorial, which is next to the state Fire Marshal’s Office, 8181 Independence Blvd.
The 10-minute ceremony featured a traditional ringing of the bell for each firefighter as their final alarm, followed by a moment of silence and the playing of “Amazing Grace.”
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