Jersey City honors fallen firefighters with 'Light the Night' tribute

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The Jersey City Fire Department took part in the national campaign called "Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters" Saturday night.

A total of 17 firehouses flashed their lights against the night sky in Jersey City to honor those firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

A moment of silence was observed Saturday night followed by the evening apparatus radio test, with the names of all 55 Jersey City firefighters who died in the line of duty read over the air.

According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, landmarks and fire departments across the country are participating to pay respects to fallen firefighters and their families.

Fire Capt. Michael Budinick helped bring the tribute to Jersey City.

"These brave men and women, they set the stage for us," says Budinick. "This is what we follow, this is what we want to be like, we want to be like them, the way they acted before their tragic death. We want to be like them. We want to show that we support them and their families."

The moment of silence lasted 119 seconds to pay tribute to the 119 firefighters nationwide who died serving their communities this past year.

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