FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/04/2013
HELP HONOR THE MEMORY OF FALLEN VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
AUSTIN, TX. – This April, the tragic explosion in West, TX brought attention to the lack of space on the Volunteer Firemen’s Monument at the Texas Capitol. This monument, erected in 1896, has been used to house the names of our State’s fallen volunteer firefighters for over one-hundred years.
Volunteer fire departments make up around 78% of the fire departments in the State of Texas; House District 68 is served almost entirely by volunteers. Before the memorial was full, names were added each biennium in a special ceremony, often attended by more than 1,000 spectators. Today there are 12 names waiting for the monument expansion so they can be remembered for giving the ultimate sacrifice.
“As a volunteer firefighter, I have seen firsthand the dangers these brave men and women face on a daily basis protecting our families and property,” said Rep. Drew Springer. “During the last biennium we lost a fire chief in Memphis, TX and just a couple of months ago we lost 5 firemen in the tragedy in West. We must expand this memorial so we can etch their names into history and honor their memory.”
To expand this memorial, it will cost over $100,000, all through private donation. For more information or to make a donation, one can visit: http://www.texasfirefightermemorial.org.
“Donations of all sizes are welcome, and truly will help us reach our goal,” said Springer. “Please take a moment to share this with your friends and family, so that we can forever honor these men and women that selflessly gave their lives for our safety.”
If you have any questions or would like more information feel free to contact Rep. Springer's Capitol office by phone (512) 463- 0526 or by email Drew.Springer@house.state.tx.us.