Tampa Fire Rescue has a tradition of over 116 years of excellent service to the community and the citizens we serve. We are very proud of our service delivery and the professionalism we bring in an emergency.
From 1929 until 2001, we have unfortunately, lost 12 active duty members of Tampa Fire Rescue. While we pay homage for our fallen law enforcement officers each year, we have never had the opportunity to pay tribute to our own fallen firefighters. Therefore, it is the goal of my administration to erect a beautiful memorial outside of Tampa Fire Headquarters to honor our firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
The memorial will be erected on Zack Street at the entrance to Headquarters. It will be etched black granite with a life size statue of a firefighter in solemn stance, flanked by the American flag, the Fallen Firefighters flag and the City of Tampa flag, with continuous lighting. The cost for construction of this memorial is approximately $160,000.
We are writing you today to ask you to partner with us in making this vision become a reality. We would appreciate any donation you would consider to build this memorial. This is a truly worthy tribute, both to the families of the fallen, but for those who worked and knew these individuals personally, and to the citizens of Tampa.
Please consider what you could do to help us honor 12 fallen members and give a place of remembrance and respite for those left behind. We appreciate your consideration and want to thank you in advance.
Friends of Tampa Firefighters is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations and gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax ID #45-5266201. For more information, contact Friends of Tampa Firefighters, 116 S 34th St Tampa, FL 33605. Or contact us through the website.