Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., has ordered all state and U.S. flags to half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 7. in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
"I encourage all West Virginians to take precautions, check the functionality of household smoke detectors, as well as develop and practice a family fire escape plan that includes at least two ways out of every room," said Tomblin in a news release from his office. "Our courageous firefighters risk their lives each and every day, and it is important we honor their selfless efforts and pay our respects to those who gave their lives to protect others."
The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service is observed each year during Fire Prevention Week. This year that's Oct. 7 - 13. The week is designed to honor firefighters and other first responders and focus attention on steps to reduce the risk of fire in our homes.