Tonight in Seattle: Light The Night for fallen firefighters

T-Mobile Park and CenturyLink Field will be lit in red, and the vehicles in all Seattle fire stations will turn on their lights from 8:00 to 8:15 pm Friday night

October 2, 2020
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I don't think I really need to convince you that firefighters are heroes, right? I can't say I've ever met a firefighter who wasn't a stand-up guy or gal. They always seem to be cool people, great with kids, eager to talk about their work but modest when it comes to the risks they take.

And as chill as they may seem, the risks those firefighters take are real. On any given day, they could wind up facing indescribable destruction, danger, and even death. Well, tonight we thank them for taking those risks.  

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Tonight -- Friday night, October 2 -- you may notice as the sun sets that the sports stadiums in downtown Seattle (T-Mobile Park and CenturyLink Field) will be lit up in red.

In your own neighborhood, at least in Seattle, you may also notice that your local fire station will turn on the emergency lights on their trucks and other vehicles from 8:00pm to 8:15pm.

It's all because the Seattle Fire Department is participating in a nationwide tribute to honor fallen firefighters and their families. It's called Light The Night.

They're also suggesting that if you've got a way to shine a red light at your house, on your porch or in a front room, you can join the tribute. If you feel like capturing pictures of any of this, you can put it up on social media using the hashtag #LightTheNightSeattle.

They're not asking for anything from us tonight. But let's give them all a thumbs up when we see them, and let's take a quiet moment to thank the ones who never made it back to the station house, as well as their families who live with the pain of losing those heroes.

It's just one night.  Firefighters, for all you do -- thank you.