On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted a virtual firefighters’ memorial service. This year, Battalion Chief Mark Tolbert and Fire Fighter Randall Duarte were honored for their service and dedication to the Department. The service was hosted on the Department’s Facebook social media account.
“Like all of you, I am disheartened that we are unable to hold our traditional in-person service for our Family Support Group and Fire Department family to honor our fallen this year. However, ensuring the safety of all family and friends is of the utmost importance. I also ask that we take time to reach out to the family members who have lost loved ones, as this ceremony further reminds us that for every fallen hero, there is a family that has also paid the price – a price that we can never forget. As we pay tribute and honor our fallen members, may we also remember the determination and commitment of those who fight on every day in service to the Department and communities we serve.” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
Every year since 1988, the widows in the Family Support Group attend the event to honor their spouses. They established the memorial wall project and the nonprofit Los Angeles County Firefighters’ Memorial Committee to allow them to pay tribute to the memory of the Department’s fallen firefighters.