Eau Claire (WQOW) – Last year, 103 firefighters died in the U.S., but our local heroes in uniform are making sure they are not being forgotten.
Every year since 1991, the Eau Claire Fire Department Honor Guard remembers those who died for those 364 days. For one day out of the year, fire officials honor those fallen brothers and sisters, because firefighters are there for the fighting and the fallen, no matter what.
“Brotherhood is a thing where we all know each other, we live together, we look out for each other constantly,” said Honor Guard Commander, Andrew Dorn. “Brotherhood nowadays needs to be a little strong because it’s not just the firefighting that’s taking us away or killing us. It’s the after effects of all the cancers.”
Dorn said all the chemicals they absorb from different building fires, can have lasting effects, especially if firefighters don’t wash their gear properly. He said there are a multitude of cancers showing up now, and that the cancer cases are growing among firefighters. Dorn said this is where brotherhood comes into play, because they need to make sure their brothers and sisters stick together fighting beyond fires.