119 Arizona firefighters and paramedics have died in the line of duty since 1902. A new memorial in downtown Phoenix recognizes their legacy and their sacrifice.
The Fallen Firefighter Memorial opens to the public later this month, and we had a chance to take a look at the touching tribute to those brave men and women at Wesley Bolin Park last night. While the 19 firefighters who died in the ‘Hotshot’ tragedy two years ago are still top of mind for so many of us….this tribute is designed to recognize everyone who has died protecting the people and the property in our state. Below are a few photos of the memorial.
Once complete – the memorial will have 10 life size bronze statues and the names of the 119 firefighters and paramedics who have given their lives etched in stone. Click below to watch a brief video on why organizers spent so many hours making sure every firefighter and paramedic who deserves to be recognized is part of this memorial….and why this tribute is so important to the people of Arizona.
While the memorial is receiving overwhelming support, organizers say they are still $350,000 short of their goal to complete the project. If you are interested in helping fund this tribute- you can find more information here.