IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial – Colorado Springs, CO
At the center of the memorial is a bronze statue that shows a fire fighter descending a ladder, cradling an infant. The title of the statue is, “Somewhere, Everyday”, epitomizing the courage and bravery displayed daily by professional fire fighters across the country.
In 1989, the IAFF erected the first of two granite walls, which hold the names of fallen IAFF members. Although thousands have died throughout history, the names on this wall date back only through 1976, when the U.S. federal government first began tracking line-of-duty deaths in the fire service.
Throughout the years, the memorial has received many upgrades, transforming a small memorial into one of international stature. The upgrades include paving stone, monument lighting, flag standards and walkways, which now add beauty to a hallowed place and create an atmosphere of dignity for all who visit.
The original wall is now filled to near capacity with names of fallen heroes, leading to a second wall that was erected just a few steps from the original. The new memorial wall was dedicated on September 15, 2001; four days after terrorist attacks claimed 347 New York City fire fighters. There are future 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.
There is a ceremonial service held every year in September to honor the sacrifice made by the fire fighters and paramedics who gave their lives in the line of duty during the previous year.
Photo credit: IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation Page