Firefighting is a dangerous job, and those who died doing it were remembered at the Capitol Thursday. For some, firefighting runs in the family, like Michelle Hannon, a firefighter from Chicago, whose daughter wants to follow her footsteps and those of her father, who died doing his job. Firefighting is calling for a higher purpose, she says.
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“It gives you a great sense of pride and you do it without thinking of your own inevitabilities,” Hannon says. She says through ceremonies like these her fellow fallen firefighters’ names will live on. “Fallen firefighters are never forgotten,” Hannon says. “That their names are always remembered. Their names will be here for the rest of my lifetime.” Her husband’s name, along with two others from Avon and Du Quoin, will be engraved on the inside walls of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial.