Downtown Ocala ceremony with pipe and drum corps to honor fallen firefighters

Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander

Uniformed firefighters from across Florida will honor fallen firefighters with a pipe and drum display at the Ocala Downtown Square on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The event is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and will include a short parade. Participants will make their way to the Downtown Square, where the following firefighters will be commemorated: Steven Terry, Hernando County Fire Rescue; Jeffery Atkinson, Tallahassee Fire Department; Daryel Richards, Hollywood Fire Rescue; and Michael Camelo, Jr., City of Cape Coral Fire Department.

Firefighters, active or retired, are encouraged to join the parade. Participants will meet at the corner of SE 3rd Avenue and Broadway at 7 p.m.

This memorial at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala pays tribute to those firefighters who have lost their lives protecting others.

“For more than a decade, men and women from around the state have united in downtown Ocala to commemorate lives lost and delight passersby with a display of one the fire services oldest traditions – pipes and drums,” said Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander. “It is truly an honor to host this significant ceremony in our city.”

For more information about the Firefighter Memorial Celebration on the Square or The Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial, visit or follow the Florida State Fire College on Facebook at FSFCOcala.

A ceremony to honor fallen firefighters will be held Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Ocala Downtown Square from 8 to 9:30 p.m.