After almost a decade in the works, the Lubbock Fire Fighters Association will now have a place to call their own. A ground breaking ceremony celebrated not just their future association hall but also honored five fallen fire fighters from Lubbock.
Remembering the past, preparing for the future. Lubbock fire fighters announced the ground breaking of a facility that will be more than a meeting hall.
"We'll be able to liaison with other departments and things like that, other departments in the state. This can kind of be a gathering place for the area fire fighters and other association members," explains Shaun Fogerson, Lieutenant for the Lubbock Fire Department.
Land in southwest Lubbock will be the foundation for the 1,500 square feet meeting hall that the fire fighters will build from the ground up. This, on the 25th anniversary of the tragic loss of three Lubbock fire fighters in 1979.
"We just wanted to show the families and the rest of the citizens that we haven't forgotten the sacrifices that were made and fire fighters take care of their own," said Lieutenant Fogerson.
And pay tribute to the fallen five who will never be forgotten.
"It causes the entire community to stop and think for just a moment and say thank you to the fireman, that which they do 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Congressman Charlie Stenholm.
"I look at those guys as heroes. I look up to them and they made the ultimate sacrifice, and it's something that's always in the back of our minds but we just wanted to remember them," adds the Lieutenant.
The Fire Fighters Association Hall is scheduled to be complete by early June. The association holds monthly meetings and has 260 active members.