Colorado Springs

196 names added to IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - One hundred and ninety six names were added to the International Association of Fire Fighters Memorial wall Saturday.

Thousands of people gathered in Memorial Park to honor the firefighters who lost their lives.

Firefighters and families members from around the country and Canada came to support each other and other fire families.

Of the 196 names added, 153 died of work related cancer and 14 from cancer from exposure at 9-11.

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said cancer is one of their biggest hurdles right now.

"It's because of the environment and the work they do. We're trying to do everything we can to lessen the exposures and address the diagnosis to be able to live a longer, healthier life," Schaitberger said.

The memorial honors more than 7,500 men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Keri Taylor came from Nebraska to be a part of the memorial service. She lost her husband who was a firefighter and paramedic to lung cancer.
"It's a little surreal to see that there. But it's very honoring, both to him and to us as his family to know that it'll be there forever," Taylor said.

This was the 31st memorial service honoring fallen firefighters held in Colorado Springs.

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