Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial is almost fully funded

Aug 12, 2015, 8:36 PM | Updated: 8:36 pm

Fry’s Food Stores presented a huge check to Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial. (KTAR Photo/Corb...

Fry’s Food Stores presented a huge check to Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial. (KTAR Photo/Corbin Carson)

(KTAR Photo/Corbin Carson)

LISTEN: Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial is almost fully funded

The Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial received a big $125,000 check Wednesday.

“So far we’ve raised $1.35 million…our goal is $1.7 million,” said Rick DeGraw, chair of the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial Commission. “And we will keep going until we meet that goal.”

The check was presented by Fry’s Food Stores making them the largest donor in the project, DeGraw said.
“It will honor 119 firefighters from all areas of firefighting for the lives they gave over the past 113 years,” DeGraw said. “We don’t have a statewide memorial in Arizona to fallen firefighters. This will be the first.”

The Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial will honor the 119 firefighters and emergency paramedics that have died in the line of duty since 1902.

“It is unbelievable to think about 119 families, that gave one of their loved ones, supporting our state,” DeGraw said. “The purpose of the memorial is not to mourn but to remember.”

The memorial will be located at the eastern edge of Wesley Bolin Plaza near the state Capitol. Construction started in January and is expected to be completed in October.

See what the memorial and get more details here.

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Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial is almost fully funded