“All the sculptures represent what we do on a daily basis,” Ingalsbee said. “We have a nozzleman, whose goal, obviously, is to extinguish the fire. We have a captain, whose main responsibility is to keep the crew and make the decisions necessary to save the property or life of the person that we’re running on.”
Two other statues are in the position of rescuing a third, “getting that firefighter out,” as Ingalsbee put it.
“This is about the sacrifices the past has made, what we’re doing right now in the present, but also to make sure in the future we have firefighters that are taking care of each other, which enables us to take care of our citizens and our great state,” he said.
Amanda Brady of Minden came to the memorial to honor firefighters including her husband — a battalion chief at Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District.
“I think it brings the community together, all the departments,” she said. “I think it’s important to see their sacrifice of what they do.”
Jen Almeida of Minden has a son who is a firefighter paramedic with Tahoe Douglas Fire and was part of the honor guard Thursday.
“We come from a law enforcement family,” Almeida said. “My husband is law enforcement, so we’re super involved with honor guard with him and have been to many events here for the law enforcement memorial, so we just think it’s super exciting to have the memorial here at the Capitol where it should be.”
When asked about the statues, Almeida said, “The detail is amazing.”
Just northwest of the new memorial is the existing law enforcement officers memorial, which also bears the names of fallen first responders.
“It’s incredibly important that especially as this is situated on our legislative complex, that your public safety entities are all co-located, where we can recognize all of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.
Bryon Hunt, firefighter paramedic with Carson City, encouraged the audience to engage with the new memorial and to reflect upon its meaning.
“Take that moment, walk around, touch the statues, look at the wall,” he said.
Photo: A firefighter honor guard exits Carson Street on April 27, 2023 and heads toward a new memorial at the Capitol honoring fallen firefighters. Photo by Scott Neuffer.