Volunteer firefighter Garrett W. Loomis has been honored by the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany.
On Tuesday, October 11th Loomis’s name was inscribed on the memorial in Albany during a memorial ceremony.
Each year during National Fire Prevention Week, New Yorkers and fire service organizations gather to remember fallen firefighters who gave their lives in order to keep others safe.
Loomis lost his life while in the line of duty, serving as the Assistant Chief of the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department.
In 2001, at age 18, he began his firefighting career with the Sackets Harbor Fire Department following in the footsteps of his brother, father, and grandfather.
Loomis, after finishing college, attended the New York State Fire Academy at Montour Falls and took a job as a firefighter for the City of Wilmington, NC in 2007. In 2009, Loomis had the opportunity to return home to Sackets Harbor when he was offered a job as a federal firefighter with the Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services Division of Fort Drum Army Base - the same department his father had served with for over 20 years.
He once again joined the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department to serve the community. He was promoted the following year to Assistant Chief in Sackets Harbor as a result of his experience, leadership, and dedication.
On July 26, 2011 the Fort Drum community honored Loomis by dedicating their new fire station in his name and memory.
Garrett's last Facebook quote said it all: "Hope and pray that you'll never need me, but rest assured I will not let you down. I'll walk beside you, but you may not see me."
"In ways both big and small, our state's firefighters are heroes every day," said David Jacobowitz, President of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York. "The recent floods that struck much of the state highlighted the fact that our volunteer firefighters are willing to put themselves on the line - both in their own communities and in other parts of the state - to help others. Today we honor those firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their fellow New Yorkers."
The memorial was dedicated in 1999; as of today's ceremony, there will be 2,366 names inscribed on the wall, the earliest of which is from 1811.
For more information, visit http://www.dos.state.ny.us/fire/memorial/memorial.htm.
In an earlier report from Nathan Lehman, WTNY, Loomis is also being honored this morning in Maryland:
A Sackets Harbor firefighter will among those honored in a national memorial to fallen firefighters.
Garrett Loomis, the assistant chief for the Sackets Harbor Fire Department and a professional firefighter with the Ft. Drum Fire Department, died on April 11, 2010 while battling a silo fire in the Town of Hounsfield.
Loomis is among ten firefighters from New York State and over 70 nationwide who will be honored in a ceremony this coming weekend in Maryland as part of the 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.