Did you know there is a small yet beautiful park dedicated to honor the memory of Chicago’s fallen firefighters and paramedics? It is called the Chicago Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial Park. Located on the southeast side of McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center and adjacent to the Lakefront Trail, this landscaped 3.5 acre park faces Lake Michigan and can be seen in the distance from inside the convention center.
The city funded the tree planting and landscaping, but the Gold Badge Society – which helps survivors of fallen firefighters and paramedics – provided the hand laid stones inscribed with 573 names of firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty from 1857 until 2002. There is also a bronze sculpture of a pair of boots and helmet by Sculptor and Firefighter/Paramedic John Alaniz. The park was dedicated on September 11, 2002.
If you have some free time while at the NFPA Conference & Expo this June, stop by and check it out!