Bush Honors Fallen Firefighters, Including An Oklahoman

Sunday, October 7th 2007, 9:34 pm
By: News On 6

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- President Bush honored fallen firefighters, including one from Oklahoma, Sunday for their dedication and service to the nation.

Bush and others paid tribute to those who died in the line of duty, from the September 11, 2001, attacks to Hurricane Katrina.

A plaque with the names of 87 firefighters who died in the line of duty last year was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the campus at the National Fire Academy. The names of four others killed in previous years and not honored before also were added.

In his speech, Bush mentioned three of the fallen by name: volunteer firefighter John Destry Horton of Rush Springs, Oklahoma; Kevin A. Apuzzio, of the East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department in Somerset, New Jersey and Amy L. Schnearle-Pennywitt, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Bush briefly recounted their stories and asked, "Where do people like this get their courage?"

The president says Americans should say thank you to firefighters whenever they get the chance.