Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Welcome to a new beginning. As we bid farewell to 2017, we look forward to brighter days ahead. The tragedy of 1 October has forever changed our community. I am grateful for the resources that have been made available through our organization and the International Association of Fire Fighters. We are here for you and I encourage you to reach out for any assistance you may need.
Despite the heartache that the end of 2017 brought, we turn our focus in the new year with a renewed love and commitment to not only the communities we serve but to our fellow firefighters. We are honored to continue our work on the new memorial that will serve as a tribute to our fallen comrades.
Situated on the Carson City capital grounds, the memorial will feature five life-sized bronze statues complete in turnout gear with black granite walls displaying the names of our fallen brothers and sisters. A piece of structural steel from a tower from the 9/11 attack will also be incorporated into the memorial.
We are proud to have award-winning artist Austin Weishel commission the memorial. Austin worked as a student firefighter for the Loveland Fire Department for two and a half years; he subsequently joined Loveland’s student police program. At 18 years of age, he successfully completed one of Colorado’s Fire Academies to become a firefighter. Soon after, he was certified in First Aid, CPR, HAZMAT and as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Wild Land fire fighter, and numerous other certifications.
His noted monuments include the National Fire Dog Memorial named “Ashes to Answers,” which includes a life-size fireman with an arson K-9. The sculpture is located at Fire Station #2 in downtown Washington D.C. Austin earned the honor of receiving “Most Popular Monument” in Washington D.C. hosted by the Washington Post in 2014.
To date we have raised more than $60,000 for the construction of the memorial from leading Nevada businesses. In an effort to continue to raise funds for construction and maintenance, I encourage you to share information about the memorial, using the hashtag #NVFFMemorial and if you are inclined to donate, please visit the memorial page on this website – http://pffn.org/nevada-fire-fighters-memorial/.
I am eager to share more news surrounding the memorial in the months to come, and I wish you all continued safety and prosperity in 2018.
Professional Firefighter of Nevada