SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Two dozen Illinois firefighters who were killed on the job or have done outstanding work will be honored Thursday.
The annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter and Medal of Honor Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the firefighter memorial on the southwest lawn of the state Capitol. An official awards ceremony will follow at the Prairie Capital Convention Center at 10 a.m.
Three firefighters who died in the line of duty and 21 others who have "demonstrated exemplary work and commitment to public service" will be honored.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal established the memorial and medal of honor awards ceremony 19 years ago to pay tribute to and recognize men and women in a dangerous profession protecting the public.
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