EMMITSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Fire Service will honor a Sturgis firefighter, who died in the line of duty, during the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Sunday. He is among the 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
Assistant Chief David P. Fischer, 43, of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, died on Sept. 7, 2018, after responding to a structure fire where a nearby propane tank exploded and instantly killed him.
His name will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
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 & Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.