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Odessa Firefighter Honored at National Memorial

Odessa Firefighter Honored at National Memorial

Associated Press

October 03, 2010

ODESSA, MO. – A Missouri firefighter who died in the line of duty is in the national spotlight. Odessa firefighter Roger Vorwark was working his third fire of the day when he collapsed and died in March of 2009.

More than 700 people turned out for his memorial services in the small city of Odessa. Now, Vorwark is being honored in front of the nation by an organization that also continues to help his family rebuild their lives.

There is a tribute to Vorwark, who suffered an apparent hear attack in the line of duty at the Odessa Fire Department. It includes a picture of his Vorwark and his wife Cindy doing on of his favorite activities, riding motorcycles. Cindy and other families who lost a loved one in the line of duty attended the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland.

Cindy made a luminary bag for the candlelight ceremony. She told FOX 4 by phone that the honor is overwhelming, and the support is uplifting.

“There’s so much support and open arms to help you through it,” Cindy Vorwark said. “All you have to do is say something and someone’s there.”

Vorwark’s fellow firefighters said his death was a tough loss.

“It was very devastating for the fire department, his family and the entire community,” said Matt Couch.

Odessa firefighters say they and Vorwark’s family have now been able to start moving on with their lives, and that’s exactly how he would have wanted it.