Texas volunteer firefighter memorial needs room

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by Associated Press and KVUE.com

Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 8:38 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A memorial to Texas volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty has run out of room to add names.

The State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas seeks to expand the memorial built in 1896 that shows a firefighter holding a baby.

The April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West left 15 people dead. Most of the victims were volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that the association is working with the State Preservation Board to put new names on pieces of granite. The board has final say over changes to the memorial on the Texas Capitol grounds.

Association executive director Chris Barron says his group would need to come up with the funding. Barron told KVUE it will cost an estimated $100,000 and they hope to get enough money to begin work immediately.

If you would like to make a donation, click here to make it online, or please send your check payable to “SFFMA Monument Expansion,” 4450 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX 78745.
 

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