Walk of Remembrance Pays Tribute To Lives Lost to Burn Injury
The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress 2016 kicked off with a stirring and inspiring 'Walk of Remembrance'. The walk was held from the Omni Providence Hotel to the Rhode Island State House and saw a community of hundreds of burn survivors and their loved ones, burn care professionals, and firefighters gather to pay tribute to the lives lost to burn injuries. The walk also offered a time to remember personal losses and memories related to burn injuries.
Firefighters and volunteers escorted attendees along the walk route on this symbolic opening of the 28th Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress with an impressive parade of fire trucks and fire service Drum and Bagpipe Corps.
Speaking to the crowd at the State House steps, several speakers honored those lost to burn injuries and urged everyone assembled to join together to stop others from suffering the same loss through advocacy and prevention.
- John Cagno Jr., North Providence Fire Department and Burn Survivor
- Retired, Chief Scott Mello, Providence Fire Department
- Jeffrey Schneider, MD, Medical Director, Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
- Jim Pauley, National Fire Protection Association
- Amy Acton, Survivor, Executive Director of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors