NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The U.S. Fire Service will honor a Washington Parish firefighter who died in the line of duty.
Ronda S. Varnado will be honored during the 37th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday.
She is among the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Varnado, age 54, of the Washington Parish Fire District #2, died on July 6, 2017 of injuries sustained when she lost control of the fully-loaded water tanker she was driving to a structure fire.
Her name will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.
For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information go to www.firehero.org.