Memorial for fallen firefighters dedicated Sunday on Capitol grounds
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Families and colleagues of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty will gather at the state Capitol on Sunday to dedicate a new memorial in honor of their loved ones.
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial honors more than 200 Minnesota firefighters who have been killed on the job. The memorial had previously been located in the baggage claim area at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport prior to the move.
The dedication event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will include a procession of family members and firefighters, ringing of bells and a reading of names.
St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler, memorial architect Glenn Waguespack and a Mary McElmurry, whose husband died in 1971 while working for the St. Louis Park Fire Department, joined the FOX 9 Morning news to discuss the dedication.
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The memorial includes a statue which arrived on Capitol grounds last week. The statue is staying under cover until Sunday's ceremony.
The memorial also includes a pavilion surrounded by 100 columns, inscribed with names of firefighters who lost their lives.