The "Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial" will be located on the east bank of the Willamette River adjacent to Portland Fire & Rescue Station 21 near the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge.
The Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial Vision
The Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial will pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of Portland Firefighters who have given their lives in service to the citizens of Portland. Since 1853, 75 Portland Firefighters have been lost. Their legacy will create a safer workforce of firefighters, both today in in the future, educate citizens to ensure a safer community, and provide a place of respite, remembrance, and solace as citizens honor these noble public servants.
“The Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial will be located on the east bank of the Willamette River adjacent to Portland Fire and Rescue Station 21 and across from downtown Portland. Whelton Architecture’s design establishes two discernible experiential zones: at the ground level, low horizontal stone benches and walls are rooted into the earth; and in the sky, tall vertical lanterns gently sway overhead. These elements are organized across the memorial field in a series of parallel lines whose overall figure is greater than any one individual mark.”
“The figural reading of the memorial changes depending on the distance from which it is experienced. Seen from greater distances the lanterns merge into a unified line of light in the sky. This constellation-like pattern will expand the presence of the memorial into a symbol which is visible and recognizable across Portland.”
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Other Firefighter Memorials
The David Campbell Memorial is located at the corner of SW 18th Avenue and Burnside Street. Constructed in 1928, the Memorial is a tribute to the life and accomplishments of Fire Chief David Campbell who lost his life on June 26, 1911 fighting the Union Oil Fire in SE Portland. Over the decades, it has served as a touchstone for the memory of fallen Portland Firefighters. However, it was never designed for this purpose.
The Campbell Association worked for several years with a broad coalition of design professionals, businesses and the City of Portland to develop a plan to expand the existing memorial and accommodate more members of Portland Fire & Rescue. When no viable option emerged from that work, plans began for the Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial along the Eastbank Esplanade in SE Portland.
In the fall of 2009, The David Campbell Memorial Association partnered with Portland State University to conduct a design competition for the Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial. A winning design was selected and unveiled to the public in 2010. In 2015 Portland saw the completion and reopening of Fire Station 21 in SE Portland on the Eastbank Esplanade and the futuree location of the Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial. The DCMA is a 501c3, which builds, maintains and cares for the hallowed grounds. View our organizational chart here.
Note: In 2010 the David Campbell Memorial joined over 500 Portland properties on the National Register of Historic Places. The Campbell Memorial Association is committed to working with historic preservationists, neighborhood groups, and citizens to ensure the site continues to serve the community for years to come. Portland Fire & Rescue and the David Campbell Memorial Association will continue their role as stewards for the David Campbell Memorial when the Portland Fallen Firefighter Memorial is completed.