A grateful Nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The park is located about 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland.
At the heart of the park, the National Fallen Firefighters Monument is a striking stone monument encircled by plaques listing the names of all members of the fire service who have died in the line-of-duty since 1981. A brick Walk of Honor® connects the National Monument to the historic Memorial Chapel, which houses the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s business office. At the far end of the Memorial Park is the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and To Lift A Nation, a sculpture created by Stan Watts to honor the fire service heroes of September 11, 2001. The plaza and walkway in front of the sculpture contains a brick for every firefighter lost during the attack on the World Trade Center, as well as those firefighters who have died of occupational illnesses since that tragic day.
In 2019, the Walk of Honor® was expanded to connect the National Monument to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. This section of walkway was designated to honor all firefighters who died in the line of duty prior to 1981. An inscribed brick has been placed for each of these firefighters from every state. The addition of this new branch of the Walk of Honor® completes the second phase of a three phase Memorial Park development project expanding the Walk of Honor® to connect the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the historic Memorial Chapel to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial Wall was established to recognize Georgia’s Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Corrections Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Management Agency Personnel who lost their lives while on active duty.
On June 10, 1997, the Georgia Public Safety Memorial was dedicated to honor these brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting life and property in the proud tradition of the public safety services.
Above the names that are etched in granite on the Memorial Wall are the words, “With honor they served.” Each of the individuals listed on the Memorial Wall embodied those words. They served with honor, with courage, with dignity, and with concern for their fellow man. The people of Georgia are forever grateful to those who have sacrificed so much.
Submissions of names to appear on the Memorial Wall are considered by the Public Safety Memorial Committee and approved by the Board of Public Safety.