On April 16, 1996, then Governor Tommy Thompson signed into law, legislation designating Wisconsin Rapids as the site of the Wisconsin Sate Firefighters Memorial. Governor Thompson said "The State Firefighters Memorial is a tremendous project that will make sure we never forget the courage, bravery and dedication of our firefighters. Wisconsin Rapids is an ideal location for this memorial because of its central location in the state." The Wisconsin State Fire Fighters Memorial is located in Ben Hansen Park on the southwest side of Wisconsin Rapids along the west side of the Wisconsin River. You can find the park on State Highway 54/73 in Wisconsin Rapids. At the Memorial Park you'll find a Memorial Wall of Honor and Memorial Bell Tower that serve to remind us of the sacrifices made by our fellow Firefighters. Legacy Stones also provide us with a reminder of these sacrifices as you walk through the park. The Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorail wall is made up of sic black marble plates containg the names of firefighters from Wisconsin who have made the ultimate sacrifice. For more information visit the web site

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27 Dec 2015

By Wayne Ripp