OFD Honor Guard Honored at Sacramento Memorial
November 1, 2010
November 1, 2010- by Jan Desrosiers. Every year the OFD Honor Guard travels to the annual California Fire Fighters Memorial Ceremony on the Californian State Capital grounds, to honor the fallen heroes of their profession. Representing Oceanside Fire Department was FF/Engineer Scot Blawusch, retired Captain Bill Hoffman, and Prevention Division Inspector Ron Owens. They do so on their own time, with their own funds subsidized by the OFD Fire Fighters Association.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 started out much the same as they expected. This year it was their intention to march in the “sea of blue”, which is a group of uniformed personnel there to show their solidarity, but the California Professional Firefighters Association representatives had other ideas. Our OFD Honor Guard was honored by being assigned to “Guard the Wall”. This is by far one of the most prestigious assignments. The Guarding of the Wall represents the ultimate honoring of the 31 names etched on the wall of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The significance of this duty station can be compared to the Changing of the Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery. And, as with the duty at Arlington, the guards are required to stand perfectly still and not react to the environment around them. So what if a bug lands on your face and you really don’t know if it is a fly or a bee? Well, as retired Captain Bill Hoffman found out, you pray it isn’t a bee! And in this case it was just a fly.
At the end of the ceremonies, the OFD Honor Guard was informed by the CPFA delegates they were permanently assigning our Guard to the wall. The OFD Honor Guard is proud to represent our city in this manner and would like to thank their Colleagues, the Association, and the Division Chiefs for their unwavering support in making it possible for them to participate in these ceremonies.