Late parish firefighter will be honored in national ceremony

Published 4:06 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The U.S. Fire Service will honor a firefighter, who died in the line of duty, from Louisiana during the 37th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Firefighter Ronda S. Varnado, 54, of the Washington Parish Fire District #2, died on July 6, 2017, of injuries sustained when she lost control of the fully-loaded water tanker she was driving to a structure fire.

She is among the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 firefighters who died in previous years, who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

Her name will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Dept. of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration are sponsors of this national tribute.

More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe and Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.

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