A call for all fire departments throughout the state to respond to a request for names of firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty has been issued by Chief (Ret.) Ernest Herrick of Storrs.
Chief Herrick, chairman of the State Fighters Memorial Committee, is asking officials in the departments to provide the names and other pertinent information related to firefighters whose names should be engraved on the memorial which was dedicated last August. He emphasized that a department which has lost a firefighter should provide the committee with that information.
According to Chief Herrick, the committee plans to have the names of the fallen firefighters engraved on the granite memorial this spring. More than 300 names are expected to be etched in the stone at that time.
Chief Herrick and Jeffrey J. Morrissette, state fire administrator, said preliminary plans call for the first memorial service to be held in October, possibly on the weekend which launches Fire Prevention Week.
The memorial is on the grounds of the Fire Training Academy in Windsor Locks. It was constructed at a cost of approximately $400,000. The committee is continuing to accept donations. For information contact Mr. Morrissette at the academy.