As part of National Fire Prevention Week, several area fire departments honor the men and women of the fire service with the 13th Annual Silent Night Memorial Service and Parade of Apparatus.
Grandville Fire Chief Mike May tells WOOD Radio he's expecting a good turnout. "Historically, it is 40 degrees and raining when we hold this kind of thing. It looks like we have favorable weather tonite so we are anticipating larger crowds than normal."@
The event begins with a Memorial Service at 7pm followed by a silent parade of apparatus. This year’s ceremony is being hosted by the Grandville Fire Department and begins at the Grandville fire station to recognize and remember any area firefighter, active or retired, that has passed away in the past 12 months, no matter whether it was a line of duty death or not.
"Just to remember their neighbors and friends that sacrifice their personal time and time with their families to serve on the fire departments."
Upon completion of the memorial service, the Silent Night Parade begins with the blessing of any fire apparatus that is less than 12 months old, which will lead the parade. When the parade begins, all emergency lights are turned on but no sirens or air horns are activated.