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California Firefighters Memorial

20 YEARS

 

HISTORY  

The California Firefighters Memorial is a unique and stunning tribute to the more than 1500 firefighters who have died in the line of duty since California became a state in 1850. The California Firefighters Memorial was unveiled on April 6, 2002 and is a lasting tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow Californians. Over the preceding decade, more than $2 million was raised privately for the construction and maintenance of the California Firefighters Memorial with the majority of the funding coming from firefighters themselves, through the specialized Firefighter License Plates and The Firefighters’ Memorial Tax Check-off. 

The California Fire Foundation raised the money to construct the Memorial and is responsible for its ongoing care and maintenance.  

A FITTING TRIBUTE: 

This stunning memorial in Capitol Park depicts the heroism of the profession and the anguish felt when a firefighter falls in the line of duty. 

The centerpiece of the California Firefighters Memorial is a stunning brushed limestone Memorial Wall that currently carries the names of more than 1,500 California fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty. Individuals qualify for placement on the wall if it is officially determined that their death occurred either on duty or as a result of illness or injury directly related to their job. 

The Memorial Wall is framed by two bronze statues depicting firefighters in action.  

“Holding the Line” honors the profession of firefighting and depicts four firefighters in action working a hose line. The statue was created by renowned artist Lawrence Allen Noble. 

 

“Fallen Brother” honors our fallen heroes and portrays an anguished firefighter carrying his ‘fallen brother’. The statue was created by Jesus Romo, a retired Sacramento firefighter. 

THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

Each year since 2002, the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony has honored those firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty or from a job-related illness. The solemn remembrance is steeped in the traditions of the firehouse and hundreds of firefighters, family members and grateful citizens gather in the heart of California’s capital, to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price to keep us safe. 

The ceremony features a moving uniformed firefighter procession, personal tributes, and the presentation of a U.S. flag to the families of those whose names are newly added to the Memorial Wall. The ceremony has become a touchstone for the profession, and a chance for firefighters, families and ordinary citizens to grieve and remember together. 

NEXT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

The 2023 Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2023 in Sacramento. Check back here for additional details in early 2023.

Questions can be directed to the California Fire Foundation at 916-641-1707 or cafirefoundation@cpf.org. 

 

APPLICATION FOR MEMORIAL WALL ADDITIONS: 

To submit an application for the 2023 California Firefighters Memorial Wall CLICK HERE to access the application form. In addition to a completed application, supporting documentation verifying the firefighter death was a line-of-duty death must be submitted. Applications for the 2023 Ceremony are due by April 1, 2023. 

SEARCH MEMORIAL WALL FALLEN: 

Enter the name of a fallen firefighter to see where their name is engraved on the wall or select a department to find the names of the fallen associated with the respective department. 

See the complete list of California Firefighters Memorial Wall Names HERE. (Link to PDF of full list) 

PREVIOUS MEMORIAL CEREMONIES: 

CLICK HERE to view a recording of the 20th Anniversary California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, from July 30, 2022 in Sacramento, CA.