City of Raleigh Employee Memorial, Raleigh
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.
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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
City of Raleigh, Public Affairs Office
May 28, 1998
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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.
City of Raleigh
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.
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.
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.
The memorial sits in the lawn, surrounded by flowers. Two flag poles are behind it.
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.