(Emmitsburg, Maryland) Four Mississippi firefighters will be honored at the 31st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor four Mississippi firefighters who died in the line of duty.
Eighty firefighters lost their lives in 2011.
Five firefighters who died in previous years will also be remembered.
The official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland will be held Sunday, October 7.
Firefighter Jacob Anthony Carter, age 18, of the Becker-Athens Volunteer Fire Department died in a vehicle accident while responding to a mutual aid fire call on April 17, 2011.
Firefighter Charles E. Foster, age 59, of the Barton Fire Department died after suffering a heart attack while clearing debris from severe storms on April 29, 2011.
Firefighter Larry C. Gressett Sr., age 33, of the Toomsuba-Alamucha Fire & Rescue drowned while rescuing a man who had fallen out of a boat on February 17, 2011.
Firefighter Joshua Jay Wilkes, age 26, of the Unity Fire Department died after responding to a structure fire February 13, 2011.
The names 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.
For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored is available on Weekend.Firehero.org.