TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - They run into burning buildings, rescue and assist residents in an emergency. We are talking about our Arizona firefighters and emergency
downtown Phoenix, at Wesley Bolin Plaza, construction has already begun on the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial.
The memorial which will be near the state capitol will honor the 113 firefighters and emergency paramedics that have died in the line of duty since 1902. The purpose of the memorial is not to mourn, but to remember the sacrifice and dedication by these first responders.
Local Tucson artist Paul Olesniewicz is working on sculptures, so far he has completed four of his five sculptures in his studio on the east side.
Olesniewicz has more than 25 years in the fire service, including several years with the Tucson Fire Department.
The goal is to have the memorial completed by October of this year. For more information on the memorial and how you can help click here -
If interested in donating, visit any
and make a donation at the register or at one of the nearby coin boxes. All funds will benefit the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial, you can do this through July 18.
Kevin Adger has the latest on this memorial and one of the sculptors working to help create it on Fox 11 Daybreak from 7 to 9 a.m. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter
for the latest.