Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We welcome this new year with a fresh outlook and enthusiasm. Our organization has experienced growth and camaraderie throughout the past year. We now represent 2,500 active members and 100 retired members through 20 Locals throughout the state of Nevada and look forward to the future.
I am proud to share that the work through SB 540 has come to fruition. In the fall of 2019, we will unveil the Nevada Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial. There will be a decommissioning of the existing memorial at Mills Parks before the unveiling ceremony at the Carson City capital grounds. On the new memorial, we will be adding two new names to the current 78.
This memorial is a tribute to the men and women across the state who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their fellow Nevadans. It will feature five life-sized bronze statues complete in turnout gear with black granite walls displaying the names of our fallen brothers and sisters. Award-winning artist Austin Weishel was commissioned for the memorial.
We are grateful to everyone who has supported this project and are humbled to say we have received donations of more than $300,000 from many of our members and supporters which made the commissioning possible and will assist in the completion of construction and on-going maintenance.
I encourage you to continue to share information about the memorial and use the hashtag #NVFFMemorial. We have not yet met our goal and will be continuing our fundraising efforts into the year and if you would like to contribute, please visit: http://pffn.org/nevada-fire-fighters-memorial/
We are also very excited to be entering the next legislative session which begins on February 4th. We have defined many items we will be working on and also preserving language that is beneficial to our members. I will be providing updates on issues we are dealing with throughout the session with all affiliate Presidents.
I look forward to serving our organization and to keep the positive momentum going. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
I wish you all continued safety and prosperity in 2019.
Professional Firefighter of Nevada