Since December 7th, 2013, David has attended memorials and services that have had an organic connection to his life experiences as a Line Of Duty Death (LODD) Survivor. It began with David’s first visit to Worcester, Massachusetts for a Christmas concert by Christian artist Jeremy Camp. While there, he visited the Worcester Fallen Firefighters Memorial, commemorating the deaths of “the Worcester 6” on December 3rd, 1999 (four days before the 22nd Anniversary of David’s father’s LODD). It was the initial inspiration of “Last Alarm:Tributes to Fallen Firefighters”. David identified with the families of the Worcester 6 because the event happened just 4 days before the anniversary of his father’s death. He was well aware of the sort of emotions they would go through at the holidays and on other special occasions with the absences of their loved ones.
The following March, David was in Boston to celebrate his 40th birthday with a concert by the Grammy Award winning band Switchfoot, including a photo pass to photograph the performance thanks to their management company, Red Light Management. The following day, David visited the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the state capitol building. While approaching the state park rangers at the gates, they engaged in a brief conversation and the rangers opened the gate on a Sunday afternoon to allow him the opportunity to photograph the memorial from inside the fence. Three days later, on David’s 40th birthday of March 26th, Boston Fire lost Lt. Ed Walsh Jr. and FF Mike Kennedy in a wind-fueled 9 alarm fire on Beacon Street. David returned to Boston for the annual service at the memorial on September 11th to pay tribute to Walsh and Kennedy’s deaths, as well as all other firefighters across the state lost in 2014.
David has launched a kickstarter online funding initiative to finance the remaining elements for 2016 to finish the project as envisioned. “The Home Stretch: part of the Last Alarm project” is open until May 13th to fund $4000 for travel to Emmitsburg, Maryland for a third time for the dedication of the Project Roll Call space at the national memorial. The space is reserved to honor all LODDs from the years before the establishment of the memorial under President Reagan in 1981, including David’s father’s. The dedication is scheduled for June 11th of 2016. Following that, David hopes to photograph Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Engine 3, dedicated on September 11th, 2015 at 8:46 AM to the memory of the members of FDNY killed in the World Trade Center attack. David hopes to finish the project by visiting New York City to photograph the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 at the World Trade Center Memorial.