County’s fallen public safety members to be honored Sunday

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The community is invited to attend the 18th Annual San Mateo County Public Safety Memorial Service in Belmont, and event organized by Redwood City Battalion Chief Greg DaCunha.

The non-denominational service is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the Cunningham Memorial Chapel at Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The service will be followed by an informal reception.

DaCunha started the event in memory of his friend and co-worker, Firefighter Matt Smith, who died in 2001.

The memorial provides an opportunity for all county public safety agencies to read the names of fallen members and retirees who have passed away, including those who served in local police and fire departments, the California Highway Patrol, American Medical Response, the County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

Members of the San Mateo County Chaplaincy will conduct the ceremony, and ceremonial music will be offered by the Silicon Valley Pipe Band of Saratoga.

For more information, contact DaCunha at (408) 930-1532 or

Photo credit: Redwood City Fire Department