Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Firefighters Fountain


These sculptures by Tom Corbin are a memorial to all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty throughout Kansas City's history.  This memorial was brought about from a tragedy in 1988.  Firefighters were responding to a burning pickup at a construction site.  Several trailers adjacent to the pickup held powerful explosives.  When the fire spread to one of the trailers an explosion instantly killed six firefighters.  It was determined that arsonist set the fire due to a labor dispute.  Five individuals were convicted of arson and murder in 1996.  This case continues to be reviewed and new evidence is discovered.

9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Firefighters should be honored everywhere. It is sad that some of them, luckily not many, set fires themselves...

Tanya said...

that is so sad....beautiful tribute

Sharon said...

Beautiful memorial!

Teresa said...

beautiful sculptures!

I would not want a firefighter's job but I'm glad someone does it!

Lowell said...

Impressive sculptures. And what a sad story. I think firefighters are our unsung heroes. It's such a dangerous job and they really are not appreciated as much as the should be.

RedPat said...

I agree with Lowell - these guys are real heroes. Lovely tribute.

Halcyon said...

Nice memorial. This reminds me, I've got a firefighters memorial to show too! :)

Jack said...

What a horrible waste of lives. The memorial is quite appropriate.

Randy said...

Wonderful tribute.