EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Two metro firefighters were recognized Sunday at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Larry Leggio and John Mesh were both honored at a ceremony in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
"Firefighters have played a critical role in protecting people, communities, homes and businesses. The courageous men and women of the fire service put their lives on the line, as they stand between the dangers of fire and those threatened by fire," said Chief Ernest Mitchell the Administrator of USFA.
As part of the national tribute, loved ones of Mesh and Leggio received a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol and National Memorial.
"No one ever thinks that is their last run. That is not how we set up to operate. We know we have our training. We know we have each other. We never think about what could go wrong. We stay focused on the job," said FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate.
Larry Leggio and John Mesh were killed while fighting an apartment fire nearly one year ago. The men were among eight firefighters in Missouri and Kansas recognized Sunday in a permanent memorial.
More than 5,000 people attended Sunday's service.
The firefighters were also remembered with a special candlelight service Saturday evening.