Annual Fire Department Wreath Laying and Memorial Service on Friday, October 8

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For Immediate Release: October 6, 2010

Fire Department Wreath Laying and Memorial Service

The Alexandria Fire Department will observe National Fire Prevention Week on Friday, October 8, with a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying at 11 a.m.  The solemn ceremony is held each year at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King Street, to honor those who have died in the line of duty and to mark the passing of those members of the department who died during the preceding 12 months.  During 2010 there have been one job related line of duty death of a retiree; six retired members of the department died during the past year.

Ivy Hill Cemetery, will be hosting the memorial service.  A fire truck parked on each side of the cemetery’s entrance will provide the framework from which a large American flag is suspended.  Just outside of Old Town, Ivy Hill’s park-like setting offers a quiet place to reflect on the sacrifices made by firefighters throughout the history of the City of Alexandria.

The media are invited to attend, as are the public.  Many uniformed members of the Alexandria Fire Department and Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department will be present. 

For more information, contact Chief Fire Marshal Robert Rodriguez, Public Information Officer, at 703.746.5217 or