About the Memorial
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About the Memorial

In 1986, the IAFF completed a permanent tribute to its members, the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Memorial was founded to recognize and honor past and future professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who are killed in the line of duty and to provide assistance to the surviving spouses and children of those members.

The centerpiece of the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is a bronze likeness of a fire fighter descending a ladder while cradling an infant in one arm. Towering 20 feet above the park’s surface, “Somewhere, Everyday” epitomizes the courage and bravery displayed daily by professional fire fighters across the continent. In July of 1988, the IAFF registered with the State of Colorado as a Nonprofit Corporation and in August of 1988 received a Park License Agreement for Memorial Park. In 1989, the IAFF erected the first of two granite walls to bear the names of fallen IAFF members. The names of brothers and sisters killed in the line of duty have been etched there since. Although thousands have died throughout our union’s history, the names on these walls date back only through 1976, when the U.S. federal government first began tracking line-of-duty deaths in the fire service.

Additional upgrades over the final years of the 20th century transformed this tribute to our fallen family members into a memorial of international stature. Paving stone, monument lighting, flag standards and walkways now beautify this hallowed place, creating an atmosphere of dignity and reverence for all who visit. As the original wall has filled to near capacity with names of fallen heroes, a second wall was erected just a few steps from the original wall of honor. In a ceremony fraught with irony, this new memorial wall was dedicated on September 15, 2001, four days after terrorist attacks claimed 347 of our New York City brothers. The IAFF has plans to add to the memorial sites all the names of IAFF professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have died since the founding of the IAFF in 1918.

Each September, the IAFF conducts a solemn ceremonial service at the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and Wall of Honor to honor the sacrifice made by professional fire fighters and paramedics who have given their lives in the line of duty during the previous year.

Tax deductible contributions to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Foundation can be made through the IAFF Charitable Foundation, our 501(c)(3) Corporation. Contributions can be made on line at http://www.iafffoundation.org/ or can be sent to:

IAFF Charitable Foundation (FFFM)

1750 New York Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 737-8484, ext. 639(O);
(202) 824-8639(Direct);
(202) 737-8418(F)

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