Helen Szelag (center right) and Martin Szelag (far right), mother and brother of fallen firefighter Walter Szelag, and Livonia Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead (far left) join state Rep. Laura Cox (center left) in the Capitol rotunda as her guest during the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015 throughout Michigan. “Captain Szelag was a true hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the community,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “I’m so thankful his family and Chief Whitehead could be here with me today to recognize his heroism and the heroism of all other fallen heroes throughout our state.”
Rep. Cox (left) talks with Helen Szelag (right) about her son, firefighter Walter Szelag in the Capitol rotunda who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
Martin Szelag (left) and Helen Szelag (right), brother and mother of firefighter Walter Szelag stand as House members and guests recognize the family members of fallen heroes of the past year during the House’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the House floor Thursday.
Rep. Cox reads aloud the name of firefighter Walter Szelag who lost his life in the line of duty earlier this year.