Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial at Sunset No. 1

The Story:     Within Centerville, Ohio’s Leonard E. Stubbs Memorial Park lies this sculpture by Jon Barlow Hudson called “Firewall”. The monument was commissioned by the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association and honors firefighters and EMS personnel who died in the line of duty protecting citizens of the Greater Dayton area. The sculpture’s use of empty space between the main structure and the firefighter silhouette gives the sense they still watch over us from another realm. Today, on the 20th Anniversary of 11 September, it seems appropriate to share this image as the monument basks in the morning light.


Sublocation:  Stubbs Park

City, State:     Centerville, Ohio

Date:               2021

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A close view of the Miami Valley Firefighters Memorial in Stubbs Park where the evening sun shines through the firefighter silhouitte

In 2010 the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial was erected in the Leonard E. Stubbs Memorial Park, in Centerville Ohio. The memorial’s non-profit held a juried selection process which also included families of Miami Valley’s fall firefighters. They selected this piece called “Firewall” created by Jon Barlow Hudson, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. His approach of using a bright red powder coat with a chromed steel diamond plate draws influence from today’s fire trucks. By cutting out a firefighter silhouette and then mounting the cut out behind the memorial gives this memorial a spiritual essence. For me, the cutout symbolizes the hole the families of the fallen experience, while the full silhouette mounted a few feet away gives hope the fallen exist in a nearby realm. While paying respects at this memorial, the setting sun paints the park in golden light.

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Framed Giclee Canvas, Metal, Photo Paper


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