According to project chairman, Johnny Reep, the mission of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial is to honor the men and women of Arkansas who have died in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Arkansas.
The memorial will be built on the west side of the State Capitol in Little Rock. The site is reserved, the design is approved, however, no construction on capitol grounds can begin until full funding is achieved. The cost is $1.1 million dollars. As of June 6, 2009 they are short $280,000. The four statues are paid for at a cost of $307,170.
The statue will be moved to Hot Springs on June 20 where it will remain until early August. The memorial plaza will have a wall of honor, a 110-seat educational amphitheater for fire prevention, and the fountain base for the statues is in the corner.
The current list of line of duty deaths is 94 with three more cases pending. The last death was in Clark County on August 14, 2008, when Amity firefighter Tony McGough was killed.
The AFFM board has seven firefighters raising funds with license plates, bracelets, t-shirts and granite paver sales for the memorial sidewalk. They have received funding from various foundations and have applications in at four foundations awaiting decisions. The dream project is a 501C3 approved by the IRS. For more information contact Johnny Reep, Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-377-1110. The address is P.O. Box 56470 Little Rock, AR 72215.
Please visit the website at www.arfallenfirefighters.org and help make this dream come true.