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San Diego County supervisors vote to build memorial to fallen firefighters

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to build a memorial at Waterfront Park to firefighters who died in the line of duty.

The vote on Tuesday to build the San Diego Regional Firefighter Memorial marked the first step in the process of planning and raising funds, according to an aide to board Chair Nathan Fletcher, who proposed the memorial.

To pay for early planning and a conceptual design, the board approved transferring $10,000 from Fletcher’s Community Enhancement Program budget to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Supervisor Joel Anderson thanked Fletcher for proposing the memorial and offered to match the existing $10,000 from his office’s account.

The nonprofit San Diego Regional Firefighter Foundation will be formed to raise money, add names to the memorial and host an annual event honoring fallen firefighters, the aide said.

Waterfront Park, outside the San Diego County Administration Center, is the site of a memorial for law enforcement officers. The proposed firefighter memorial would be of a similar size, based on a design from a representatives from Cal Fire, the county’s Fire and Parks & Recreation departments, and other related groups.

The proposed memorial is supported by the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association, which is committed to helping guide its creation process, said Criss Brainard, the association’s vice president and chief of San Miguel Fire & Rescue.

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