Light Your Home in ‘Red’ Saturday Tribute to Firefighters

POTTSTOWN PA – Area fire companies indicate they hope to join in what is becoming known as “Red Saturday,” part of a “Light The Night” memorial tribute to firefighters who died in the line of duty. It’s being sponsored by the non-profit National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, created by Congress in 1992 to develop and expand programs honoring fire heroes, and assist their families and co-workers.

The foundation’s annual Sunday-to-Sunday tribute week (see the video above) began Sept. 27 (2020) and extends to Oct. 4. Because National Fire Prevention Week also begins Oct. 4, some fire companies and departments nationwide say they’re selecting Saturday (Oct. 3) to illuminate their firehouses, apparatus, and statues with red light, prompting the “Red Saturday” moniker.

Local residents are being encouraged to similarly participate in a personal tribute to firefighters everywhere by displaying red lights Saturday outside their homes. More than 100 firefighters from Pennsylvania are included in the foundation’s honor roll call.

The foundation also hosts 9-11 stair climb events in which active firefighters honor the arduous and ultimately life-ending journey of New York City firefighters who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Members of the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies and, more recently this year, members of the Perkiomen Township Fire Company, have participated in those tributes.

Video and photo still from Vimeo, provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation