The Memorial Committee was started in the year 1999 by Captain Kelly Nelson and Fire Engineer Paul Olesniewicz – the artist that created the bronze statutes for us. This idea was conceived when a Boot Fire Fighter - Lori Cramer Clark, while going through the Fire Academy – told Captain Kelly that she had heard that Tucson had never lost a person in any fires here in Tucson. Kelly knew that was not true and sent her off to research and come up with the names and dates of those Fire Fighters’ who had perished in the line of duty. Kelly thought this was so sad that there was no legacy in place to honor the five Fire Fighters that the Department had lost and no place to memorialize and keep their memory for all of us.
Thus, came to pass the creation of the Fire Fighters’ Memorial Committee. Chief Shipman and later Dan Newburn liked the idea of creating a memorial and had Chief Dan Larkin on board to spearhead setting up what would come to be a dynamic group of individuals – Chiefs, Fire Firefighters, Fire Fighters’ Local Union #479 and many wonderful City officials and others from the private sector. Assistant Chiefs Joe Gulotta, Ted Geare, Randy Ogden, Roger Wright represented the Union and three of us started on the committee having been recruited by Ron Ballard – who was in charge of the Faculties Design and Management Department with the City. The three private sector individuals who started with the Committee and are still on it today came from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) an International and City organization dedicated to working with all government entities to make our communities a better place to live. The members from the private sector are Tom Cheske, Dale Ford and Lynn Kastella.
Our Committee’s Vision was to find private donations to support a Fire Fighters’ Memorial being designed and built that would offer a place for all Fire Fighters’, their families and friends to go to for the purpose of honoring all of our dedicated fire personnel that have worked so hard for so many years to save lives, homes, structures and are the heroes of our community in so many ways.
The Fire Fighters’ Memorial was incorporated with the new Fire Central facility and located at 300 S. Fire Central place – downtown. The Memorial is sustained through public donations and the sale of commemorative brick pavers surrounding the Memorial. We will continue to carry on this dream, that is now a reality, with future donations being used for maintenance and continued enhancement of the Memorial site. Our perpetual goal is to support the philanthropic work of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation led by retired Assistant Chief Mike McKendrick and eleven Greater Tucson Trustees.
The Memorial was built through public donations and the sale of commemorative brick pavers. We will continue to sell the pavers; the funds raised will be used for maintenance and further enhancement of the memorial site and to support the philanthropic work of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. Each brick can be engraved with names, logos and dedications.
Purchases can be made online, or through a completed order form attached below. Information may be mailed to:
Greater Tucson Fire Foundation
Attn: Memorial Committee
300 S. Fire Central Place
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Make checks payable to:
Logos, corporate insignia and complex verbiage processed via hard copy, call 520-791-4512
Online payments are processed through PayPal.
PRINT FORM: GTFF Memorial_Brick_Form.pdf
SPECIAL NOTE: You MUST submit your custom PAVER text as you want it to appear through the text field below, when you purchase your brick.
4″x8″- up to 36 Characters
8″x8″- up to 84 Characters
12″x12″ Paver & Plaque- up to 162 Characters