California Firefighters Memorial

2017 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

The California Fire Foundation invites you to join us in remembering the sacrifice of our fallen heroes at the 15th Anniversary California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:30am in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

On Friday, September 29, 2017, a special evening tribute will be held marking the 15th Anniversary of the California Firefighters Memorial. The tribute will include a solemn candlelight procession to the Memorial site and special remembrances.


For families with a loved one being placed on the wall, CLICK HERE.

Pipe Bands and Pipers and Drummers who wish to participate in the 2017 California Firefighters Memorial CLICK HERE.

California Firefighters Memorial Safety Stand Down

The California fire service is, once again, urging all California firefighters and their families to stand down to honor our fallen. In a joint letter, CPF President Lou Paulson and CalChiefs President Michael DuRee urged all firefighters to participate in the September 30th Memorial Ceremony, either in person or by standing down at 11:30am on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and viewing the ceremony via live stream.


CLICK HERE to see the names being added to the Memorial Wall in 2017.

CLICK HERE to view photos from the 2016 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony where we remembered those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep California safe.

Check back here for additional details as the event nears.

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The California Firefighters Memorial is a lasting tribute to the men and women who gave their lives to protect their fellow Californians.

Located on the grounds of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, this stunning memorial depicts the heroism of the profession and the anguish felt when a firefighter falls in the line of duty.

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The centerpiece of the California Firefighters Memorial is a stunning brushed limestone Memorial Wall with the names of more than 1,300 California firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1850.

The Memorial Wall is framed by two bronze statues depicting firefighters in action. One statue — Holding the Line — features four firefighters working together. The other — Fallen Brother — shows an anguished firefighter carrying his “fallen brother” away from the flames.

Learn about the Memorial and its history HERE

Find a name on the Memorial Wall HERE

See the complete list of California Firefighters Memorial Wall Names HERE


The Annual Memorial Ceremony

In the autumn of each year, the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony honors fallen firefighters and their families, and performs the sad task of adding MemorialCeremony1new names to the Memorial Wall.

The ceremony features a moving uniformed firefighter procession, personal tributes and the presentation of a U.S. flag to the families of those whose names are newly added to the Memorial. The ceremony has become a touchstone for the profession, and a chance for firefighters, families and ordinary citizens to grieve and remember together.

Find out about the Memorial Ceremony HERE