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Bridgeport to remember two fallen firefighters 5 years after deadly house fire

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The scene of the deadly fire on Elmwood Avenue in Bridgeport. (WFSB file photo) The scene of the deadly fire on Elmwood Avenue in Bridgeport. (WFSB file photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

City officials in Bridgeport will remember two fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty five years ago.

They said Lt. Steve Velasquez and firefighter Michel Baik were killed battling an Elmwood Avenue house fire on July 24, 2010.

"Steve and Mich are heroes," said Mayor Bill Finch. "We come here every year to honor not just them but also their families and children. Salina, Aaron, Andrew, Thomas, and Margaret need to know that we will never forget their fathers. They devoted their lives to protecting  my family and all the families of Bridgeport." 

Officials said Velasquez left behind a wife and two children. Baik left behind a wife and three children.

Velasquez and Baik were assigned to Ladder 11 and were searching for victims when they put out mayday calls.

In 2011, the fire department erected a granite monument to mark one year since the incident. It bears the symbol of the Bridgeport Fire Department along with a firefighter's helmet and the names of the fallen firefighters.

The memorial service is set for 9 a.m. at St. Ann's Church on Brewster Street. A ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Engine 7/Ladder 11 firehouse on Ocean Terrace.

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