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It stands in tribute to over 200 men and women who have given their lives to protect ours. Thousands pass it every single day without ever noticing its presence. It watches silently through the commonwealth’s four distinct seasons, meticulously maintained by the team of caretakers at Frankfort Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites. It’s a place of peace and reflection. The Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial located at Juniper Hill Park was dedicated on October 7, 1999. It is a tangible tribute to those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Raising over 19 feet in the air, is one of the memorials focal points, a stainless steel multifaceted Maltese cross, the national symbol of firefighters. Supporting this cross is the massive polished black granite obelisk. The obelisk’s pedestal is hand etched with a collage of firefighters in action, using many different types of equipment and in different firefighting situations. The two polished black granite wings, both left and right of the pedestal have been designated for the names of all our fallen firefighters to be permanently engraved. On Wednesday, two more names were added.

Hundreds of firefighters from across Kentucky converged on Frankfort to honor Chief Billy Ray Jarvis, from the Allen Volunteer Fire Department, and Zachary Clevenger, from the Estill County Fire Department and the Montgomery County Fire & EMS. They came to see their fallen brothers’ names added to the monument. They came to support their families left behind. They came to celebrate and reflect.

was responding to a fire on March 6, 2015, when he suffered a heart attack. He later passed away on March 10, 2015 at the hospital. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor to many. He was a member of the Allen Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years. He loved his job and was respected by his peers. He was known for his quick thinking, quick response time, and keeping his fellow firefighters safe.

Captain Zachary Clevenger battled a structure fire back on December 4, 2015 and returned home shortly before midnight. He was found unresponsive the next morning. He was just 30 years old. He was a husband and expectant father with his son due in July 2016. He was both a professional and volunteer firefighter who loved what he did. As a leader and officer in the fire service, he placed emphasis on education and training and truly led by example.

These men will be missed by all who knew them. But their names will forever be etched in stone so that no one forgets them. They put their lives on the line to protect their communities and their citizens. The memorial stands in tribute to them and others for everyone to visit and honor them.