HISTORY OF THE IOWA FIREFIGHTER’S MEMORIAL
In 1989 the Iowa Firefighters Memorial Committee was formed. The original committee consisted of the following Iowa Firefighters:
|Mike Reuman, Chairman||Traer||Tom Campbell||Panora|
|L.L. Bud Hollar||Iowa Falls||Marlyn Lyons||Van Horne|
|Robert Platz||Dyersville||Leon Abels||Wellsburg|
|Steve Kenkel||Toledo||Richard Harman||Cedar Rapids|
|Dave Abbas||Ackley||Paul Ryan||Key West|
|Roger Duello||Brandon||Don Scott||Redfield|
|Kendal Warne||Atlantic||Brian Freund||Osage|
|Paul Schellhase||Garrison||John Dvorak||Atlantic|
|Randy Bracken||West Des Moines||Henry Herwig||Coralville|
|Kirk Rice||Iowa Falls|
In 1990 the committee commissioned a bronze statue. Their challenge was to find a suitable home for such a touching memorial. After an extensive application process, research and site visits, the Iowa Firefighters Memorial Committee, in 1992, chose Coralville. The choice was due to its scenic hilltop location, ease of access for Interstate travelers, availability 365 days a year, a visitor’s center and park like atmosphere. It was also in close proximity to hotels and restaurants and had the commitment of Coralville/Iowa City leaders to create and perpetually care for the site. The memorial was dedicated on April 10, 1994.
In 2003 the Memorial Wall Expansion Project began and is close to completion today. There are now 1,687 names on the Memorial Walls. The funds to develop this memorial have come entirely from donations, grants or fundraisers. No tax dollars have been used for this memorial. The Iowa Fire Service and its friends have made this memorial a reality and we hope they will continue to support it with their donations.