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Photos: West Memorial Service

Photos: West Memorial Service
May 15
19:51 2013
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Countless firefighters on motorcycles known as the Patriot Guard Riders led the procession towards the Ferrell Center.

Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

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The band of firefighters marched down University Parks Drive playing the bagpipes and drums in honor of the fallen firefighters.

Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

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Coitt Kessler, who was named Firefighter of the Year in 2012 in Austin, TX, plays the bagpipes in the procession.

Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

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A young boy holds the helmet of a fallen captain and family member, Buck Uptmor of West.

Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

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Four Honor Guard carry flags and axes in honor of the fallen firefighters.

Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

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Patriot Guard Rider Brown stands at attention while gripping an American Flag while firefighters and other first responders march in a processional on University Parks Drive along with approximately 300 fire trucks before the Firefighter's Memorial Service held at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Firefighters and other first responders march in a processional on University Parks Drive along with approximately 300 fire trucks before the Firefighter's Memorial Service held at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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The changing of the guard occurs during the Firefighter's Memorial Service held at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Thursday, Apr. 25.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell Jr. offers the Welcome statement during the Firefighter's Memorial Service at the Ferrell Center in Waco to families and friends of the firefighters killed during the West explosion on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Families of the 12 firefighters who died while performing their duties during the West explosion enter the Ferrell Center in Waco for the Firefighter Memorial Service on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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On Thursday, Apr. 25, Gov. Rick Perry gives the Governor's Address at the Firefighter's Memorial Service held in the Ferrell Center in Waco to families and friends of the firefighters killed during the West Explosion.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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On Thursday, Apr. 25, President Barack Obama offers his presidential remarks at the Firefighter's Memorial Service held in the Ferrell Center in Waco to families and friends of the firefighters killed during the West Explosion.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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The Firefighter's Memorial Service for the 12 firefighters killed in the West Explosion is held in the Ferrell Center on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013. Families and friends of the deceased sit behind a row of caskets each covered with an American flag in representation of their heroism.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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On Thursday, Apr. 25, President Barack Obama offers his presidential remarks at the Firefighter's Memorial Service held in the Ferrell Center in Waco to families and friends of the firefighters killed during the West Explosion.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Caskets of the 12 firefighters who died while performing their duties during the West explosion are displayed in front of their families and thousands of Firefighter Memorial Service attendees at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn introduces President Barack Obama to families and friends of the firefighters killed during the West explosion on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013, during the Firefighter's Memorial Service is held in the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Families of the 12 firefighters who died while performing their duties during the West explosion receive service flags and helmets during the Firefighter Memorial Service held at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Members of the Bridges family receive the service flag and helmet of Morris Wayne Bridges, Jr. during the Firefighter Memorial Service held in the Ferrell Center in Waco. Morris Wayne Bridges, Jr. was one of 12 firefighters died while performing his duties during the West explosion on Thursday, Apr. 18.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Bag Pipes and Drums perform "Amazing Grace" in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives at the West Explosion during the Firefighter's Memorial Service held in the Ferrell Center on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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West resident and firefighter wife Carmen Bridges cries after receiving the service flag of her husband, Morris Wayne Bridges Jr., during the Firefighter Memorial Service held in the Ferrell Center in Waco. Morris Wayne Bridges, Jr. was one of 12 firefighters died while performing his duties during the West explosion on Thursday, Apr. 18.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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Colleagues from the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department mourn for the loss of Captain Cyrus Reed during the Firefighter Memorial Service held at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013. Captain Reed was one of 12 firefighters who died while performing his duties during the West explosion on Thursday, Apr. 18.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

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