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BOISE — Toward the end of the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on Friday, the cry of a siren rang out over the bagpipes and drums, accompanied by the harsh blare of a horn, as an engine sped out of the parking lot near a memorial to fallen firefighters off the Boise River.

The scene fit with some of the themes of the ceremony — especially those of duty and sacrifice — but it wasn’t scripted. A crew had to leave the formalities to respond.

Tommy Simmons is the Ada County public safety reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow him on Twitter @tsimmonsipt

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