GFT officials taking part in Light the Night event to honor fallen firefighters

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Officials with the City of Greenfield changed the lights on the water tower to red last year and are expected to do the same this year.

GREENFIELD — Officials with the Greenfield Fire Territory say they are taking part in the annual Light the Night event to honor fallen firefighters this week. Late last week, officials from the GFT visited places around town and passed out red lights.

Every year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, the official national tribute to those firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. In 2017, the Foundation created Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters to recognize the 25th anniversary of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Since then, Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters has expanded to include fire departments and families lighting their homes in red.

As dusk turns to dark, landmarks, homes, fire service organizations, and businesses across the country will again glow in respect from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7, to the fallen and their families. Officials from GFT say they are honoring GFT’s fallen fire fighter Scott Compton who passed in the line of duty in 2017. Compton, age 55, of Greenfield, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Compton died following fighting a three-alarm fire at Mueller Auto Body located in the 1000 block of E. Main St.