For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2015

Media Contact:
Michelle Fayed


Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters escort veterans on Honor Flight


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) firefighters along with 63 World War II (WWII) veterans will arrive at Miami International Airport from the South Florida Honor Flight's trip to Washington D.C. as part of “Operation Homecoming”.

Forty three of the volunteer guardians traveling with the 63 veterans are MDFR firefighters, including MDFR Fire Chief Dave Downey. “I am humbled and honored to be a part of such a worthwhile cause,” Downey said.

The South Florida Honor Flight Hub, one of 127 Honor Flight Hubs in the nation, is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's WWII and terminally ill veterans to recognize their sacrifices. These heroes are flown to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their respective memorials free of charge. Top priority is given to America’s most senior heroes and will naturally transitions to the Korean War, Vietnam War, and all other veterans who served on a chronological basis.

The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at Miami International Airport at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Eastern Airlines Flight #1945 at Terminal J, 2nd Level. For more information call 1-800-855-FLY-1-Vet (359-1838) or visit or

For more information, please contact MDFR’s Public Affairs Bureau at (786) 331-5200.

Who: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, South Florida Honor Flight, Inc.

What:Firefighters on Honor Flight for WWII Veterans

When: May 30, 2015, 8:20 p.m.- 9:20 p.m.

Where:Miami International Airport, 2100 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33126, Terminal J – 2nd Level

Editor's Note: Media should arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled flight arrival time.


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9300 N.W. 41str Street Miami, Florida 33178
(786) 331-5200