Community invited to join in tribute to deceased firefighters
GREENFIELD – The United States Fire Department will be illuminating areas with red lights to honor first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
For the first time since the inception of Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters, officials from the City of Greenfield and the Greenfield Fire Territory will participate and invite the community to join in the tribute. The event takes place from September 26 to October 2. 3.
Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell issued a proclamation recognizing the event at a city council meeting on Wednesday, September 22. The city tower lights at the Interstate 70 interchange will be illuminated in red for the week-long tribute.
âIt’s a very worthy cause,â Fewell said.
The city’s participation in the event is a way to honor firefighter Scott A. Compton, 55, who died on November 11, 2017 after fighting a three-alarm commercial structure fire in Greenfield. Compton was a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT with the Greenfield Fire Territory for over 17 years and served as Volunteer Lieutenant from 2003 to 2016.
He received the Rookie of the Year award in 2001 and, in 2016, the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award. In 2018, he posthumously received the Cy Herod Award, bestowed on a member of the department for years of exemplary service to the community and to the profession.
The week-long tribute culminates with the 40th National Memorial Weekend for Fallen Firefighters on October 2-3.
Corey Breese, public information officer for Greenfield Fire Territory, said it was important to remember their sacrifice.
âOur county has had several deaths in the line of duty over the years,â said Breese. “It’s our way of honoring them all and never forgetting.”
People can show their support by doing something as simple as changing the light bulb on their doorstep, Breese said.
âIt would be great if everyone could remember the sacrifices made by firefighters who lost their lives,â said Breese.
Jessica Karins of the Daily Reporter staff contributed to this report.
You can find out more about Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters and National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend by visiting www.firehero.org.