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Unified fire stations glow red this week to honor fallen firefighters

The garage at Unified Fire Station #124 in Riverton is illuminated during the Light the Night ceremony on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Unified Fire Station 124 in Riverton is illuminated during the Light the Night ceremony on Monday. Unified Fire Authority is lighting all of its buildings with red lights starting at sunset each night until Sunday in honor of 119 firefighters who died in service nationwide during 2019, and as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial week. The week began Monday with a memorial bell ringing. “It’s really held to respect the firefighters and their family who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Chief Dan Petersen during a brief prepared statement. “Our firefighters face the potential of an ultimate sacrifice every time they come to work,” Petersen said. “They may not face it every shift, but the potential is there every time.”