Archived News Release from 2009
For Immediate Release
Eighth Annual County-Wide Memorial Service Scheduled in Honor of Fallen Public Safety Members
Redwood City, CA - September 3, 2009 - Local public safety agencies throughout San Mateo County will be taking part in the eighth annual San Mateo County Public Safety Memorial Service, and invite the community to join in this special commemoration.
The service in honor of fallen public safety professionals will be held on Sunday, September 13th, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Cunningham Memorial Chapel at Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The service will be non-denominational.
This formal tribute is organized annually by Redwood City Fire Department Captain Greg Da Cunha, whose personal interest in the effort stems from the loss of his friend and co-worker, Firefighter Matt Smith, who died in the line of duty in 2001. This memorial tribute is a County-wide way of giving recognition to those who have passed, and honoring those who have selflessly served the public.
Local public safety agencies including police, fire, California Highway Patrol, San Mateo County’s CalFire, American Medical Response, the County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies from San Mateo County will all have representatives present to read the names of their fallen members and retirees who have passed away. Members of the San Mateo County Chaplaincy will be conducting the ceremony. Ceremonial music will be offered by the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums of San Francisco. All are invited to join in the commemoration and honoring of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. An informal reception will immediately follow the service.
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Greg Da Cunha, Captain
Redwood City Fire Department