U.S. President Barack Obama honors the 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014 at the the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama on Sunday (October 4) paid tribute to the 84 American firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014. "It's hard to think of a more selfless profession than firefighting. There's a reason why firefighting occupies a special place in our imaginations," Obama told firefighters and their families at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. "Imagine what it takes to put on that heavy coat and that helmet and override the natural human instinct for self-preservation and run into danger as others are running away," he said. The U. S. Fire Administration, which tracks and collects information on the causes of on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States, reported 65 firefighter fatalities so far in 2015. These include three firefighters in Washington state who were killed in one day in August while battling a wildfire threatening the town of Twisp, as more than a dozen major blazes burned in parched Western U.S. states.