December 26, 2017 10:04 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- An annual memorial service was held Sunday morning to remember two firefighters killed trying to rescue a 9-year-old boy who fell through thin ice on Silver Lake.
On December 24, 1953, firefighters Ambrose Riley and Stanley O'Brien tried to rescue John Paul Stephenson, who had fallen through thin ice. All three died.
Sunday, firefighters laid a wreath on the frozen lake to remember their fallen comrades. The event also served as a reminder of the dangers associated with the job.
"The fire service is a calling, and we all know in the same circumstance we would do the same thing that they did. We risk a lot to save a lot," Captain Caleb Feine from the Rochester Fire Department said.
The newest members of the department laid the wreath on the lake, while earlier a bell tolled for each of the lives lost.
Updated: December 26, 2017 10:04 AM
Created: December 24, 2017 07:56 PM
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