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We remember...

Florida Firefighters who die in the performance of their duties, and firefighters from outside the State of Florida who die in the performance of their duties within the borders of the State of Florida shall be honored in recognition of their sacrifice.

This honor includes having their name inscribed on both the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial, located at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, and on the Florida Firefighter Memorial Monument located at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.

The Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial - Ocala, Florida

Fallen Firefighter Memorial LODD

The Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial was dedicated on January 11, 1992, and occupies a place of honor at the center of the Florida State Fire College Campus in Ocala, Florida. The Florida Joint Council of Fire and Emergency Services and the staff of the Florida State Fire College maintain the Memorial in perpetuity.

While visiting the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial, please remember that this small piece of earth is dedicated to the memory of those who have given their lives so that others might live!


In the late 1980's, shortly after funds were appropriated for the Florida State Fire College, Fire Chief John Wright, now retired from the Deland Fire Department, proposed that a memorial be erected at the Fire College dedicated to those firefighters who had made the supreme sacrifice while serving the State of Florida. Within two years, over $50,000 had been collected from donors who came from all walks of life, including career and volunteer firefighters of every rank, civilians and fire service organizations. Virtually every firefighter in Florida contributed to the memorial fund.

Artist Don Murray of Gainesville, Florida, whose father was a firefighter, was commissioned to create the statue that has become the focal point of the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial. The life-size bronze statue of a firefighter does not depict the typical heroic pose we often see, but is instead modeled in a pose keeping with the purpose of the Memorial, that being a "Firefighter at Rest". The base of the Memorial was designed by Florida State Fire College Staff, and was constructed by them with assistance from professional masons.


Firefighter Memorial Monument - State Capitol

In 2013, the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida approved a resolution authorizing the placement of a Firefighter Memorial Monument on the grounds of the state Capitol. Previously, Florida’s Fallen Firefighters were recognized at the Capitol on a Wall of Honor located on the Plaza level of the Capitol.

April 2019 Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

The resolution stated that “The Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize the heroic efforts of Florida's firefighters and support a dedicated place on the grounds of the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, for all Floridians and visitors to view and express their appreciation to the brave men and women in the fire services”. The resolution further resolved that “The Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby endorse and support this effort demonstrating the spirit and legacy of the firefighter - past, present, and future.”

The Joint Council of Fire and Emergency Services was named to lead the effort. Fundraising began, and renowned sculptor Michael D. Jernigan was selected to create the base and the bronze statues.

This memorial is a complement to the existing fallen firefighter memorials located on the grounds of the Florida State Fire College and the Florida Forest Service Training Center.

The Firefighter Memorial Monument was dedicated on April 1, 2019 and stands proudly in the courtyard of the Florida State Capitol. 

It is recognized that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mental health/illness poses a real struggle to many fire service members. Therefore, markers will be added at the memorials to acknowledge the loss of lives gone too soon due to the tragic events regarding firefighter mental health. The absence of names on these markers symbolizes the silent struggles of PTSD a firefighter may face throughout their career in the fire service.

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Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service

Firefighters to be honored on
November 17, 2023

Raymond J. Hennessey - 1996

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


Henry Cusell - 2003

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


Michael J. Thompson - 2009

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


Jim W. Vinsand, Sr. - 2017

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


George F. Braun - 2018

Gainesville Fire Rescue


Thomas J. Cook - 2020

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


Graeme Gilmour - 2021

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


Jeffrey Smith – 2021

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


Daryle Blankenship - 2022

Titusville Fire Department


Austin Duran - 2022

Apopka Fire Department


Robert E. Garmon, Jr. - 2022

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department


Hillary C. Kanwischer - 2022

North Lauderdale Fire Rescue


Michael Riley - 2022

St. Augustine Fire Department


Richard B. Wolnewitz - 2022

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue


Mark Reuter - 2023

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue


Jason C. Tucker - 2023

Pasco County Fire Rescue


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