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Local firefighters gather to honor fallen comrades

Local firefighters gather to honor fallen comrades

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Members of many fire stations across the Savannah area, and family and friends met to remember and honor those who have lost their lives saving and protecting people from fires.

Twenty six firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty. The service marked the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, an event that organizers hope will help to prevent more lives from being impacted.

"This memorial kicks off Fire Prevention Week, and our fire prevention activities are both for the citizens and fire fighters. If we can prevent fires and prevent disasters, then we have that much less of a chance of losing someone in the line of duty." said Thad Dixon, Batallion Chief, Savannah Fire & EMS.

This week's focus on fire prevention is kitchen safety. The National Fire Protection Association reports cooking fires as the leading cause of home fires and injuries. Firefighters will spend the week conducting fire safety education programs.

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