Fallen fighters honored at Towson ceremony

TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County firefighters honored fallen members at their annual Ceremony of Remembrance Sunday afternoon.

The ceremony was held at the Fire Service Memorial Monument in Patriot Plaza in Towson. Organized by the Baltimore County Fire Department and Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association the ceremony honors
Forty-four Baltimore County firefighters and emergency medical personnel who died in the line of duty. These include 20 career members and 24 volunteer members.

During the ceremony, Fire Chief John Hohman and other career and volunteer fire service leaders honored the fallenby placing a wreath on the memorial shrine.

The shrine was built entirely with funds raised by members of the Fire Service. It was sculpted in Portugal of Portuguese red granite, and consists of a Maltese cross, flanked by two columns.

Inscribed on the monument are the names of the fallen and words of Saint John, 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

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