First responders Joshua Weissman and Mark Baban, who were killed in the line of duty in separate incidents, will be honored this week in Virginia's first ever Fire and EMS Memorial Week.
Weissman, 33, a paramedic for the Alexandria Fire Department, died Feb. 9, 2012, when he fell off an overpass while trying to reach a burning car.
Baban, a hazardous materials technician for the Fairfax County Fire Department, died Jan. 30, 2012. Fairfax fire officials said the official term is an "occupational line of duty death." They would not elaborate.
Weissman and Baban are two of 10 first responders who will be honored at the Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway's exhibition hall.
"These brave men and women have demonstrated remarkable courage in the face of danger," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a statement. "It is critically important that we take time to recognize and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice as firefighters and EMS providers on our behalf."
The theme is "Honoring Those That Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice." The intent is to pay tribute to fire service personnel and EMS providers who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well as to recognize those who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting Virginia and its citizens.
For information, contact Brook Pittinger at the Virginia Department of Fire Programs at 804-249-1961 or Riley Matsen at the Secretary of Public Safety's Office at 804-786-5351.