Firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty now have their own day of remembrance in Minnesota.
A new law designates the first Sunday in October as Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. On that day, each U.S. flag and Minnesota flag on the Capitol grounds will be flown at half-staff.
According to the Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association, there have been 197 line-of-duty firefighter deaths in Minnesota, with the first being recorded in 1881 in Minneapolis, and the most recent in 2008 in Pine City.
Rep. Mike Obermueller (DFL-Eagan) and Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) sponsor the law, which takes effect Aug. 1, 2009.
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