Fallen Firefighter Memorial
September 19, 2009
The mission of the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial, which is located in the shadow of Pike's Peak, is to honor the sacrifice made by IAFF members who served as professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Since its creation in 1976 through June 2009, the names of 2,274 fallen IAFF members have been engraved into the wall of honor behind the memorial. Two members of local 1525 Captain Tom Payne and Captain Jim Barabash are engraved on this wall.
Each September, as summer takes its leave firefighters, family, love ones and the people throughout the community come to this sight to honor the fallen firefighters. This year, Jim Barabash with 122 other names were added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall. To honor this year's celebration, Diane Barabash with her daughter Asley and son Brock ( firefighter with North Van District Fire/Rescue) were on hand to accept a flag in his honor.
As Diane explained it, she was completely blown away by the generosity of the IAFF staff and Local 5, Colorado Spring. She will never forget the weekend of such a prestigious honor to Jim and all the fallen firefighters. The Barabash family felt that this was an unforgettable time in their lives. Accompanying them were retired firefighter Captain Marcus Fisher, Captain Ross Penhall, Firefighter Mark Wilkinson, Firefighter Garrith Michael.
Marcus described the weekend tribute in these words "Words cannot express the emotions, bonding and uplifting spirits that we felt being part of this group".
"In short, it was thought provoking, it was moving, it was difficult, it was emotional, it was sad, it was upllifting, it was an amazing experience, and they were all glad that they went".