The memorial to Connecticut firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m., according to Chief (Ret.) Ernie Herrick of Storrs.
This tribute to fallen firefighters is located on the grounds of the Fire Training Academy in Windsor Locks. Mr. Herrick chaired the committee which conceived the idea of the memorial and raised the funds for its creation. He said that state officials, past and present, would be invited. It is expected that firefighters from throughout the state will attend.
The commemorative remembrance to the deceased firefighters has as its focal point a polished block of black granite engraved with the image of four firefighters battling a blaze. The original artwork for the centerpiece was painted by Lt. Paul Walsh of the New Britain Fire Dept.
The site includes a brick patio shaped in the form of a Maltese Cross, the universal symbol of the firefighting service. The names of approximately 300 firefighters are inscribed on granite blocks set around the perimeter of the area.