Fort Worth Police and Fire Memorial – Foundation Support
There is a National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. and a National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland. There is a Texas Peace Officers Memorial in Austin. Houston, Dallas and Arlington have similar memorials. One is being planned for Waco. Although an appropriate memorial to Fort Worth’s fallen heroes has been in the conceptual stages for over twenty years, the dream has never evolved into a reality….until now.
We have received contributions and pledges in excess of $500,000 toward our million dollar budget. The City has dedicated a 5 acre site on the south side of Seventh Street in Trinity Park, and a site plan has been prepared by Gideon Toal and approved by all interested parties. We are ready to begin the site preparation and are planning our formal dedication on 9-11-2007. At that time, 89 heroes will be memorialized and remembered in perpetuity. The first, Columbus Fitzgerald, lost his life in the line of duty in 1877, and the most recent hero, Hank Nava, died protecting others last December. This symbol of appreciation and recognition of ALL public servants who risk their safety for our safety is long overdue.
I respectfully request assistance from the participants of the Fort Worth Leadership program. We must first determine which foundations to approach and establish priorities based upon their history of giving and their decision making timetables. Formal written presentations, occasionally supplemented by personal visits, will then be required. In addition, the group may be asked to assist in other areas as this project gains momentum.
This Memorial is a true community effort. It is non-controversial and has the support of all segments of our City. It should have happened years ago and, with your support, we can work together to make it happen NOW.