Thursday, August 14, 2008

Unveiling of the LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Hundreds of Los Angeles firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our city, and today we ensured that their lives and dedicated service will never be forgotten. This morning I joined Councilmembers Tom LaBonge, Dennis Zine, LAFD Battalion Chief Greg Gibson and the surviving family members of fallen firefighters at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial and memorial plaza. The memorial is the first of its type in the city’s history. Five life-size bronze statues depict firefighters attacking a blaze and a paramedic attending a wounded colleague. Behind, the 254 names of the fallen firefighters are etched in a granite wall and arched above is the memorial motto, “Courageously They Died, By Inspiration They Live!” The memorial is just outside Old Fire Station 27 at the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society Museum in the heart of Hollywood.

This Sunday the LAFD will hold a public unveiling of the memorial, located at 1355 N. Cahuenga Boulevard. Please join us in celebration and appreciation of those who have fallen in the line of duty.

You can find out more about the memorial or help provide financial support through the LAFDHS website.