Greensboro’s Bravest, Greensboro
Carolina Bronze Sculpture, Seagrove, NC, casting, Builder
Paul Nixon, Greensboro, NC, Sculptor
The firefighter stands six feet tall, looking upward, holding a male child with a female child standing at his feet. The children are also looking upward with the male child pointing upward with his proper left hand. The firefighter is wearing meticulously detailed equipment typical of a modern firefighter. The figure is cast in bronze, weighs 800 pounds and stands on a square block of polished granite. The memorial stands in front of Greensboro Fire Station One on a large courtyard covered with red brick pavers. The courtyard is outlined in strips of granite and segmented into quarters by similar strips. The figure is centered in the courtyard positioned to face a flagpole. Engraved blocks of granite set into the courtyard form the Walk of Courage dedicated to firefighters living and deceased. A four feet high metal fence outlines the courtyard on three sides with the fire station forming the backdrop.
View of the memorial in front of Greensboro Fire Station One | Rear view of the memorial in front of Greensboro Fire Station One | A Firefighters Pledge (Top of base) | Front inscription | Right side view | Left side view | Back view | Rear inscription
Front inscription: GREENSBORO’S BRAVEST / HONORING FIREFIGHTERS / PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Rear inscription: [Left column] THE GRANITE / BASE DONATED BY / LAMBETH-TROXLER FUNERAL SERVICE / LAKEVIEW MEMORIAL PARK / SB MEMORIAL / BY / STEVE BLACKWELL / [Right column] GREENSBORO’S BRAVEST COMMITTEE / MIKE SIMMONS / TRACY BURCHETTE SIMMOMS / JOHN ALEMANNI / ANDREA CUDD ALEMANNI / BRADLEY C. COX / SHELIA CALIVOSO / ROBIN LINDSEY
Left side: [Logo] SAFE AIR SYSTEMS INCORPORATED [Logo] ROBINSON FINANCIAL, INC. / IN PURSUIT OF YOUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
Right side: [Logo] GREENSBORO
Top of base: A FIRE FIGHTERS PLEDGE / I PROMISE CONCERN FOR OTHERS. A WILLINGNESS TO HELP ALL THOSE / IN NEED. I PROMISE COURAGE – COURAGE TO FACE AND CONQUER MY / FEARS. COURAGE TO SHARE AND ENDURE THE ORDEAL OF THOSE WHO / NEED ME. I PROMISE STRENGTH – STRENGTH OF HEART TO BEAR WHATEVER / BURDENS MIGHT BE PLACED UPON ME, STRENGTH TO DELIVER / TO SAFETY ALL THOSE PLACED WITHIN MY CARE, AND THE LOVE TO SERVE / UNSELFISHLY WHENEVER I AM CALLED. - - AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Greensboro Fire Department
October 2, 2005
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The memorial was the vision of Tracey Burchette-Simmoms to honor local firefighters such as her father and husband. She was spurred to see her vision realized after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
$100,000 cash and $40,000 in-kind
The memorial is located at the Fire Station One, 1514 N Church St, Greensboro, NC 27405.
A September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack Memorial is present next to the sidewalk leading to the courtyard. Several trees and shrubbery outline the courtyard outside of the fence line.