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  • Monument Name

    City of Raleigh Employee Memorial, Raleigh

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Tragedy

    Voluntary Organizations

    Local History

    First Responders

  • Creator

    David Long, Designer

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    This marker honors firefighters, police officers and sanitation workers who lost there lives while serving the City of Raleigh. It is over ten feet tall and about as wide as well.

    Images: List of names | List of names

  • Inscription

    HONOR THE MEMORY AND / SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO / LOST THEIR LIVES SERVING / THE CITY OF RALEIGH
    TOM G. CRABTREE / SEPTEMBER 1, 1922
    VERNON SMITH / MARCH 10, 1956
    RUBEN LUNSFORD / NOVEMBER 17, 1966
    ROBERT E. SPARKS / MARCH 8, 1968
    JAMES WADE ALLEN / DECEMBER 5, 1968
    JAMES GAYLE LEE / DECEMBER 5, 1968
    D. D. ADAMS / FEBRUARY 3, 1980
    ANGELO SPRUILL / APRIL 27, 1993
    DENISE HOLDEN / AUGUST 4, 1995
    PAUL A. HALE / JULY 11, 1997
    CHARLES R. PAUL / SEPTEMBER 10, 2002
    ROBERT S. SATZ / NOVEMBER 1, 2002

  • Custodian

    City of Raleigh, Public Affairs Office

  • Dedication Date

    May 28, 1998

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.778250 , -78.642600 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Wallace, Kamal. “ In Loving, But Faulty, Memory Of A City Employee” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), June 10, 1998.

      Wallace, Kamal. “Monument Honors 10 Who Died Serving Raleigh,” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), May 29, 1998.

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Sponsors

    City of Raleigh

  • Monument Cost

    $7,432

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was unveiled on May 28, 1998 in a ceremony attended by family members of each of the city employees to which the monument was dedicated, including Det. Tom G. Crabtree's son, 90 year-old Tom Crabtree Jr.

  • Controversies

    The date of Vernon Smith's death was initially recorded on the memorial as "Nov. 14, 1952." However, city officials were informed by Smith's son, Chuck Smith, that the elder Smith did not die on that day, when he was severely injured in an accident involving the fire truck he was driving. On the contrary, in spite of the severity of the accident, Vernon Smith survived until March 10, 1956 when he finally succumbed to these injuries. The city corrected their mistake and the monument is now inscribed with the actual date of Smith's death.

  • Location

    The marker lies in Nash Square adjacent to the West Hargett St.. The North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located in a near proximity in the middle of Nash Square.

  • Landscape

    The memorial sits in the lawn, surrounded by flowers. Two flag poles are behind it.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Since the monument's dedication, the names of Charles R. Paul and Robert S. Satz, both of who died in 2002, have been added to the memorial.
    Every year on the last Saturday in April, a wreath is laid and a prayer said during the annual police “Run For Our Heroes” event.

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