Jason Adams has been gone for nearly two years now, but he is far from forgotten.
Adams, a member of the Sherwood Fire Department as well as the East Pulaski County Fire Department, was killed on duty on Jan. 22, 2016.
Adams, a Lieutenant with East Pulaski, was responding to an emergency medical call and was shot. He died at the scene.
Yet his memory remains eternal and his service to his community will be recognized this Sunday, Oct. 8, at the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
The event will be held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
Adams was one of two Arkansas firefighters to die in the line of duty in 2016. Lancy Allen Crawford Sr., of the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department, died July 7, 2016 after he was injured in a training drill.
Adams and Crawford will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds in Maryland.
The tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. A candle-lit memorial will also be held at the Academy at 5:30 p.m. that Saturday, Oct. 7
Adams will also be remembered locally this weekend as the dusk turns to dark on Saturday and Sunday, the bridges across the Arkansas River — The Main Street Bridge, The Junction Bridge in Little Rock and The Clinton Presidential Park Bridge — will glow as part of the “Light the Night” event.
The Union Plaza Building in Little Rock will be lit up both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8.
The foundation said that 75 firefighters died in the line of duty nationally in 2016.
For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, go to weekend.firehero.org.