Firefighter Memorial

77 more names are etched into the Firefighters' Memorial Wall this year.

Firefighters, family, and friends from all over the country gathered for this year's ceremony to remember those who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Debra Monroe is from Corpus Cristi, Texas.

Less than 3 months after her husband's death, she felt compelled to travel to Colorado Springs to see her husband memorialized.

After 28 years as a firefighter, the decades of smoke took their toll on her husband, Capt. Charles Monroe, and he died of pulmonary fibrosis.

For Debra, it's still difficult to talk about it.

To her, he embodied the spirit of firefighters everywhere.