FIREFIGHTER MEMORIALS

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CPF MEMORIAL:

 

Our Board represents FirefighterAid at the IAFF National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in September, and California Firefighters Memorial in October. These memorials honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty each year, or from diseases contracted due to their careers as firefighters. We accompany Honor Guard members to each of the memorials to represent SDFD and share our condolences with the families of the fallen. As we go out into the state and country to help support the families of our fallen brothers and sisters, we go humbly, knowing that one day we will need the same support. As the Board of Directors of FirefighterAid, we thank you, the members, for trusting us to go out and make those connections. We highly encourage any SDFD firefighter, whether active or retired, to attend next year's memorial. It is a great reminder that this is much more than a job - we are a fire service family. As difficult as it may be, the fire service family is there for each other during those incredibly hard times. 

 

 

"It is a great reminder that this is much more than a job, we are a fire service family. As difficult as it may be, the fire service family is there for each other during those incredibly hard times." 

- Brandt Truver
FFAid Secretary/Treasurer 

2011

Elbert Roy Nelson

2012

John M. Whyte 

Ronald Contreras 

2013

David M. Duke

2015

Craig Nielsen

Oran Shadoan

Norman R. Nelson

2017

Andrea J. Gaxiola

1950-1959

Willard H. Tompkins, Jr.

1960-1969

Burton I. Rogers

Roger E. Saum

1970-1979

Charles E. Kinnel

1910-1919

Donald F. Grant

E. Peter Sampsell

Joseph H. Coleman

1990-1999

Steven Frank Holladay

Joseph J. Estavillo

Charles D. Marshall

2000-2009

Harry R. Butler

Robert W. Larimer, Jr. 

Ewart F. Thompson

James R. Hull

Kenneth L. Rice

Thomas McGrath

Tony Leon Killian

“This is a terrible tragedy that has been felt throughout the Firefighter community, all over the world."
- George Duardo
SDFD Fire Captain and Previous Board President of FirefighterAid

GRANITE MOUNTAIN HOTSHOTS MEMORIAL:

 

San Diego based Firefighter charity FirefighterAid worked to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the 19 Firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire outside Prescott, Arizona on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

The 2013 Yarnell wildfire, started by a lightning strike on June 29, was fueled by rising temperatures and high winds, and continued to burn uncontained. 250 Firefighters fought to protect life and property in the region, 19 of them were killed in the line of duty. Among those killed were 18 members of Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots: a specialty team of wildland Firefighters who were trained to fight wildfires in the Prescott region. 

“This is a terrible tragedy that has been felt throughout the Firefighter community, all over the world,” said George Duardo, SDFD Fire Captain and past Board President of FirefighterAid. He remarked upon the tragedy as a reminder of why FirefighterAid was founded, and that the organization has provided assistance to Firefighters and families all over the region. “Here in San Diego we stand with the families of the fallen and pray for their comfort and peace.” 

Every year, FirefighterAid sponsors the San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb, a fundraising event which honors the memories and sacrifices of those who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Climbers carry the photo and name of a fallen 9/11 hero, but 2013's event, occurring at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront on September 8, is seeing record registrations, due in no small part to the events in Texas, Arizona, and across the U.S. In the wake of the profound firefighter fatalities to date in 2013, FirefighterAid says they have changed the event to include the names of recently fallen heroes as well. “Our climbers have asked to climb in memory of those lost in West Texas, Houston, and now most recently Arizona,” said Robert Bunsold, Fire Engineer and Event Director for the San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb. “The climb is not just a remembrance of 9-11; unfortunately it is also a reminder that firefighters lose their lives every day in the line of duty. We will honor them and their sacrifices.” 

 

We also sent and engine and crew out to the memorial service to represent San Diego and show support to the families. Additionally, in 2013, FirefighterAid established a special fund to allow San Diegans to make tax-deductible donations to support the victims of the Yarnell Fire. We annually invite everyone - regardless if they are from California or even the United States - to join us and participate in the San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb as a climber, volunteer, or donor and to help honor the memory of our fallen firefighter brothers and sisters.

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"It is a great reminder that this is much more than a job, we are a fire service family.  As difficult as it may be, the fire service family is there for each other during those incredibly hard times." 

- Brandt Truver
FFAid President

IAFF MEMORIAL STORY:

 

In the shadow of Colorado’s majestic Pikes Peak, the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial honors those we have lost in the line of duty since 1918. FirefighterAid joins with thousands of our firefighter family members to honor the fallen as their names are added to the Wall of Heroes. The ceremony brings together firefighters from all over the country to honor, remember, and memorialize their fallen brothers and sisters of the year who passed in the line of duty. 

FirefighterAid has been able to attend a few of these beautiful and truly touching ceremonies as we honor some of our own San Diego fire family. While we are saddened that these family members are no longer with us, we are joyous that they are remembered and celebrated in such a meaningful ceremony. We are there to support our fire family and friends during this hard time.

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