Niebergall honored at firefighter event |

Niebergall honored at firefighter event

BRECKENRIDGE – Barrie Niebergall of the Red, White and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge was one of 106 fallen firefighters honored during the International Association of Fire Fighters’ Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony on Saturday.”This ceremony is a fitting and respectful tribute to the firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Harold Schaitberger, general president of the organization to which Niebergall belonged. “It’s a time for us to honor the families of these members and recognize the tremendous loss they have suffered and the sacrifices they have made.A fellow firefighter found Niebergall, a 24-year veteran of Summit County fire departments, in the exercise room of the Red, White and Blue’s north station. He had died of heart failure at the age of 56.Niebergall started his firefighting career in Frisco as a volunteer in 1980. He achieved status as lieutenant and was hired by the fire department in 1988, then became a part of the Lake Dillon Fire Authority when the districts consolidated in 1995.Niebergall worked on and off as a volunteer at Copper Mountain from 1998 to 2002, and worked as a maintenance contractor after that. He had worked for Red, White and Blue since 2002.The ceremony was held in Colorado Springs and featured pipes and drums, honor guards, music and celebratory comments.The mission of the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, at the base of Pikes Peak, is to honor the ultimate sacrifice professional firefighters and paramedics have made. Since its creation in 1976, the names of 1,689 firefighters have been engraved into the Wall of Honor.

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