The California Firefighters Memorial was a special project for artist and retired Battalion Chief Jesus Romo: “It has been a marriage of my two greatest passions.” The memorial honors all of California’s fallen firefighters with a larger-than-life bronze sculpture and memorial wall.
Romo’s 8’ x 5’ bronze depicts a grief-stricken firefighter as he removes a lifeless colleague from the flames. Romo conveyed the powerful desperation and despair that the rescuer was feeling as he carries his fallen brother. The memorial wall displays the names of 855 California firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Two bronze helmets and coats hang next to the names of those fallen heroes, symbolizing the eternal end of duty for all of those memorialized on the wall. The California Firefighters Memorial was unveiled to the public in 2002.