Minnesota firefighters who’ve died in the line of duty will be honored with a memorial on the state Capitol grounds in St. Paul, thanks to a fundraising effort that raise $600,000.
There’s already a memorial at the airport — a statue of a firefighter carrying a child — that honors the 194 firefighters who’ve died in action, but many thought it should be moved to a more visible site.
The new memorial, coming next year, will be on the south mall on the Capitol grounds, near a handful of memorials honoring veterans, says WCCO News. That’s an area that has other memorials honoring veterans. Organizers plan to move the airport statue to the site and build a plaza with the names of the firefighters who’ve died on duty.
Firefighters around the state were asked to give $30 each for the effort, but many gave more, the story says.