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Alexandria Fire Department To Mourn Fallen Paramedic

Squads will go dark for two days for memorial services

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Alexandria Fired Department paramedic Joshua Weissman, who died last week while responding to a call for a vehicle fire.
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Alexandria Fired Department paramedic Joshua Weissman, who died last week while responding to a call for a vehicle fire.

The Alexandria Fire Department will be shutting down temporarily this week as firefighters remember a fallen colleague.

The department will go dark for 48 hours in honor of Joshua Weissman, a paramedic killed last week in the line of duty. From this evening through Friday night, the 265 members of the fire department will be off-duty while visitation and funeral services are held for Weissman. 

Weissman, a 33-year-old paramedic from Bristow, Va., died when he fell more than 20 feet off an overpass on Interstate-395 while responding to a vehicle fire. 

Neighboring jurisdictions will field all 911 calls during the two-day period and Alexandria city leaders expect no disruption of emergency services. 

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