Photo by: Liz Feitelberg
Statewide Memorial Honors the Heroism of all Firefighters – Past, Present and Future
The Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial was dedicated September 11, 2007. Located at our State Capitol, the Memorial stands tall as a tribute to the spirit, courage and dedication of past, present and future firefighters.
The Memorial is made up of a larger than life statue of three firefighters in the search and rescue mode. The 10-foot statue sits on a marble Maltese cross, surrounded by a “Ring of Honor,” that is available to fire department and associations and families to honor deceased firefighters. The bronze statue weighs 3,000 lbs and was designed by local artist, Bob Shure of Skylight Studios.
The Board of Directors, led by philanthropist Norman Knight, is comprised of leaders from all members of the fire community. The Board held more than 100 meetings over the seven years that preceded the dedication of the Memorial.
Each year an annual ceremony is held on September 11 to honor the fire community and unveil the names that have been added that year. Currently 701 names are included within the Ring of Honor.
With more than 17,000 active firefighters and thousands of retired and deceased firefighters, this Memorial stands tall for eternity as a living tribute to the brave men and women who have, and continue to, work day in and day out to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial was founded in 2000 as a charitable, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation for the sole purpose of building a statewide Memorial to honor Massachusetts fallen firefighters.
MA Division of Public Charities #041715