Chief: Firefighters Memorial to be decommissioned

(Cleveland) - The two iconic fire fighter figures on the Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial will be decommissioned for repairs.

The colorful memorial has stood on Erieview Avenue between the Cleveland Browns First Energy Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center since June 15, 2007. Continuous exposure to Cleveland’s climate revealed the fiberglass fire fighters were in need of repair, prompting the need to temporarily decommission the memorial.

“The Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial ensures we will never forget the sacrifice of Cleveland Fire Fighters who gave their lives in service to the City of Cleveland,” said Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “We anticipate the figures can be repaired and replaced well before our Annual Memorial Ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day next year.”

The iconic memorial was designed by nationally-acclaimed sculptor Luis Jimenez. It depicts two Cleveland Fire Fighters facing three large flames and the base bears the names of 77 members of the Cleveland Division of Fire who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Cleveland-based ICA Art Conservation will make the repairs for an estimated $50,000. Funds for the repairs have largely been raised by active and retired members of the Cleveland Division of Fire and other donors. More information about the memorial can be found at:

Cleveland Firefighters Memorial

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM & the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial)

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