AZ Fallen Firefighters Memorial looking for donations to complete project
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -
The Arizona Fallen Firefighters Memorial, created to honor those killed in the line of duty, is expected to open next month. But there is still a great deal of money that needs to be raised to complete it.
Since 1902, 119 men and women have given their lives to protect and serve the Arizona community. House Bill 2136 allowed a $1.7 million memorial to be built in Wesley Bolin Plaza dedicated to the courage and memory of those Arizona firefighters and paramedics.
On Thursday, firefighters and paramedics gathered at US Airways Arena collecting donations to complete the memorial . They are looking to raise around $350,000 to finish the project.
"We're one of the last states in the U.S. that didn't have a tribute to the fallen firefighters and paramedics who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty," says Bryan Jeffries, president of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona. "A few years ago we came together and said we need to build a memorial."