National Wildfire Suppression Association officials to help honor all Fallen Wildland Firefighters as a memorial statue is placed in Boise.

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Representatives from the National Wildfire Suppression Association will be on hand to help honor all wildland firefighters with the re-dedication of the memorial statue at the Boise Airport in Boise, Idaho, this Friday.

NWSA Board Members help dedicate the original statue

"Our goal is always to see that all firefighters go home, but when they don't we all feel the loss", said Deborah Miley, Executive Director, National Wildfire Suppression Association.

In 2005 members of the National Wildfire Suppression Association worked with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to raise $90,000 to help place the very first Wildland Firefighter Memorial at the Boise Airport in Boise, Idaho. National Wildfire Suppression Association board members were on hand that day in 2005 when the statue was placed at the Boise Airport, which is a hub for firefighters traveling the US during fire season as the National Interagency Fire Center is located there as well as the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. The Foundation is committed to helping those firefighters hurt in the line of duty as well as families of those firefighters who have fallen during performing their duties, and the National Wildfire Suppression Association has been a big supporter of the Foundation since it's inception.

On June 30, 2013, a wildfire overran 19 Prescott, AZ, firefighters, and in the wake of that disaster, the original Wildland Firefighter Memorial Statue was moved to Prescott as a tribute to those fallen firefighters, and the original statue at Boise is being replaced with a Re-Dedication ceremony.

On hand to speak at the ceremony will be Rick Dice, President of the National Wildfire Suppression Association; Darrell Willis, retired Chief of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots in Prescott, AZ, and Jack Wilson, Retired Director of the National Interagency Fire Center and 1st President of the Board of Directors for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation along with other dignitaries.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will take place on Friday, May 15th, at 11 a.m. at the Boise City Airport. You can call the Wildland Firefighter Foundation for more information at 208-336-2996.

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