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Nebraska's Firefighters break bread and compete to raise money to honor fallen heroes
Updated On: Jun 29, 2008

In May 2001, Grand Island Professional Firefighters International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local #647 hosted an appreciation Barbecue and first annual fire school games at the Nebraska State Fire School. The purpose of the BBQ is to raise money to build the NEBRASKA FIRE & RESCUE MEMORIAL.

On September 11, 2002 a 1500 pound column from the World Trade Center North tower was delivered to Grand Island by the Grand Island Express trucking company. This World Trade Center Steel will be incorporated into the NEBRASKA FIRE & RESCUE MEMORIAL.

The Grand Island Firefighters teamed up with the Nebraska Serious Injury & Line-Of-Duty Death Response Team to raise the money needed to build this memorial that will allow EVERY Firefighter and EMS personnel that dies in the line-of-duty to honored with their name on the wall. A brick walk of honor and a Firefighter’s park will also be incorporated into this plan for the public to enjoy.

This memorial will serve as the home of an annual Nebraska Fire & Rescue Memorial service where Firefighters and EMS personnel can gather to honor & remember their fallen Brothers & Sisters.

All Line-Of-Duty Deaths since 2001 will have an individual brass plaque displaying their name on the wall. Line-Of-Duty Deaths occurring before 2001 will have their names on plaques by years.

The Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial is currently being built on the same property as the Nebraska Fire & Rescue Memorial. Completion of the Law Enforcement Memorial is scheduled for the fall of 2008.

 


 

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