EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFallen Firefighters Honored At Capitol
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 3, 2013 5:17 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 3, 2013 7:11 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Firefighters from around the state gathered in Charleston Sunday to remember the fallen.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared the day Firefighter Remembrance Day.
Malden firefighter John Appleton died in the line of duty back in June. His service to the community and his family were honored at the capitol.
Wreathes and flowers were placed by the fallen firefighters monument as just a small "thank-you" for his service.
"These firefighter brothers and sisters are truly today's gladiators,” Chuck Runyon, a retired assistant chief, said. “As everybody else is running out of the house fire and trying to get out of the swift water, the firefighters are jumping in and going in to see how they can help."
Flags were lowered to half-staff Sunday in remembrance.
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