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Abilene Fire Department remembers fallen firefighters

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ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Fire Department joined firefighters across the country Saturday morning to honor the memory of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty.

They rang a bell at Fire Station #1 on Grape Street as part of the Bells Across America event.

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National Firefighters Association 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 (also) 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.

This was the seventh year for Bells Across America. Abilene has never lost a firefighter in the line of duty.

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