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Video: Honoring the fallen firefighters of 2021

As we reflect on another year gone by, we remember the firefighters who gave their lives in service and protection of their communities


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Following a tumultuous 2020, fire service members stepped up and answered the call, once again. During 2021, the fire service scaled-up vaccination clinics, responded to many weather-related emergencies and battled raging wildfires, all while keeping the needs of their communities at the forefront.

We honor those who lost their lives while pursuing these valiant efforts. To the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen, we are heartbroken with you.

This video is in honor of the memory of these dedicated fire professionals.


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Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.