Remembering Our Heroes
The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a permanent tribute to IAFF members who make the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial recognizes and honors professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have died in the line of duty and it provides emotional support to the surviving spouses and children of those members. By ensuring these brave men and women are never forgotten, the memorial aims to provide support to the families of these heroes who gave their lives in service of others.
Donations make it possible to host the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony each September, which brings together all the families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty the previous year.
In 1989, the IAFF erected the first of two granite walls on this site, where the names of fallen IAFF members were etched as a silent tribute to their dedication above and beyond the call of duty. As the Wall of Honor filled to near capacity with names of fallen heroes, a second wall was erected.
In 2015, the Memorial was rebuilt to recognize the thousands who died since the founding of the IAFF on February 28, 1918, and to ensure that those who fall in the line of duty in the future are properly honored. Although thousands have died throughout our union’s history, the names on these walls dated back only through 1976.
The centerpiece of the Memorial is the bronze sculpture of a fire fighter descending a ladder while cradling an infant in one arm. Towering 20 feet above the Memorial, “Somewhere, Everyday” epitomizes the courage and bravery displayed daily by IAFF members across North America.
Wall of Honor