Alabama Firefighter and Emergency Medical Personnel Day
State of Alabama
Alabama firefighters and emergency medical personnel will be honored on live statewide television at the Alabama Sports Festival State Games XXVII Opening Ceremonies, June 19, 2009, 7:00 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena.
The Alabama legislature passed a joint resolution, signed by Gov. Bob Riley, declaring June 19, 2009, as Alabama Firefighter and Emergency Medical Personnel Day. This date coincides with the Alabama Sports Festival’s Opening Ceremonies, where the Alabama Sports Festival will continue its Honoring Our Heroes program by recognizing the service and sacrifice of Alabama’s firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
Firefighters and EMS personnel with a minimum of ten years of service will be eligible to receive the Medal of Service. The Medal of Service is for active, volunteer, retired, disabled, or deceased firefighters and EMS personnel.
The Medal of Sacrifice will be presented on behalf of all firefighters and EMS personnel killed in the line of duty, regardless of their length of service, and will be presented to a family member. Both medals are designed and minted exclusively for this special ceremony.
All Alabama firefighters and EMS personnel with fewer than 10 years of service, as well as all support personnel within their agencies, along with their families, are invited to attend the ceremonies free of charge to show support for those receiving medals. Personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms and to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m.
More information about tonight's event can be found here: http://www.alagames.com/index.php?page=info_heroes2009