The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invites members of the public to participate in a remembrance ceremony for firefighters across the Nation who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On Sunday, October 8, 2017, members of the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District will gather at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St, to honor these brave men and women.
The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.
Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.