October 22 2017
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) recently dedicated a section of the Walk of Honor(R) at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to honor career and volunteer firefighters who died before the Memorial was established in 1981.
Thanks to the assistance of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, 90 Oregon firefighters who died before the 1981 now have an individual brick that includes their name, agency, and year of death. As a result, all of Oregon's firefighters are now honored at both the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial which is located on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy.
The 90 bricks from Oregon are honored together and located side by side in a unique section of bricks. This section is headed by three logo bricks, one for the State Fallen Firefighter Memorial, one for the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard, and the third for the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund. The funds for this purchase were made possible thanks to the generosity of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, with proceeds of the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer license plate, which honors our state's fallen public safety officers (police, corrections, fire, parole and probation) and helps to ensure that their sacrifices and the families and co-workers they left behind are never forgotten.
The NFFF Walk of Honor(R) is comprised of bricks that have been purchased in honor of fallen firefighters, and in appreciation for firefighters who are active in the fire service and in recognition of individuals or organizations who support the fire service. The Walk of Honor(R) connects the majestic stone monument, which is encircled by plaques that list the names of the fallen since 1981, with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel and other areas of the Memorial Park. For more information on the NFFF Walk of Honor please go to http://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighters/memorial-park/walk-honor/brick-search/
The Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate was developed during the 2009 legislative session to honor Oregon fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers that are killed in the line of duty. Money earned from the Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate is placed in a fund managed by the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund which is a special committee comprised of law enforcement, fire department, and citizen members. Proceeds from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate support the law enforcement and fire memorials located at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, financial support for families and honor guard members traveling to Emmitsburg, MD for the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial or Washington, D.C. for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in the year the fallen officer is honored, Oregon Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard, NW Peer Support Team, and the placement of Oregon Fallen Officer Memorial Highway signs.
For license plate updates https://www.facebook.com/fallenpublicsafetyofficerlicenseplate?ref=hl
For more information on the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer license platehttp://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/platenonprof.aspx#fallen
For more information in the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/FC/Pages/FallenFireFighterMemorial.aspx
For more information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation http://www.firehero.org/
We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund for making the addition of 90 of our state's fallen firefighters a reality.