EMMETSBURG, MD – This morning, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) gave brief remarks at the 37th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. This years’ service recognized 103 fallen heroes, including three Marylanders – Benjamin Cohen, Charles “Rick” Gentilcore, and Christopher Allen Staley.
“Today we gathered in Emmetsburg to honor and give thanks for the sacrifices of the heroes we have lost,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I join in remembering Benjamin, Rick, Christopher and others who were honored today. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these brave men and women, and I thank them for their service to our community, and to our nation.”
“As we remember our fallen heroes, we must also commit to keeping our firefighters safe and supporting their families when the unimaginable happens,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I’ve worked hard to ensure the families of the fallen have the resources they need. I have also worked to support grant programs that allow our fire departments to purchase the tools they need for our firefighters to do their jobs safely and effectively. We must do all that we can to support those who keep our neighborhoods safe, and I will continue to work in Congress to do so.”