Growing Cost Hinders Completion of Texas Volunteer Firefighter Memorial

Fundraising efforts for an expansion of the volunteer firefighters statue and memorial on the Texas Capitol grounds were going great until a few weeks ago, reports Austin American-Statesman.

The problem at the site, about which we reported in May 2013, was that there was no more room to add the names of volunteer firefighters who had died in the line of duty since 2011.

In 2013, a stopgap slab of granite was added — along with eight names — on the grounds next to the statue, but the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas kept fundraising and achieved its goal of raising $150,000 for a permanent fix, according to Chris Barron, the group’s executive director and Manchaca Volunteer Fire Department chief.

Then, a few weeks ago the State Preservation Board, which oversees and maintains the Capitol grounds, informed Barron’s group that the estimated cost they had received for the project had jumped to $265,000, Barron said.

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