Phoenix Fire Department:
We remember our firefighters and members who have died in the line of duty in many ways, including during the annual City of Phoenix Employee Memorial in February, and the annual Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona Memorial and the Local 493 Memorial in January.
In addition, we remember our fallen with:
1. “Flag Streamers”, as shown below, that we carry on our Honor Guard flags, which are gold and black with the Fire Company, Rank, Name and ‘Last Alarm’ of our fallen member. They are paid for by donations and by our fire fighter’s union.
2. “Historical Markers”, photographs of which are shown below. These are metal signs placed on street poles as close as possible to the area where our member died. The historical marker program was begun by Phoenix Police Motor Officer Walter Olsen in honor of police officers fallen in the line of duty (http://phoenix.gov/police/lod_memorial.html) and he invited Phoenix Fire to join in it, helping us with all aspects of the program up to and including staffing every one of the dedication services with us. They are paid for by donations and our fire fighter’s union.
3. Framed copies of the photograph of our fallen members and the narrative of the incident and dedications history hang in the 1) fire station that suffered the loss, 2) Historic Fire Station 8, and poster sized versions are placed by their grave sites during the L493 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial each year, usually January.