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May 16, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns and Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today encouraged citizens to donate to the Nebraska Firefighters Memorial at Wyuka Cemetery. Governor Johanns and Mayor Wesely are Honorary Co-Chairs of the fund-raising campaign.

With only ten days to go before the Memorial’s dedication, the campaign has raised $44,000 of its $100,000 goal. The statue featured in the Memorial is the same as the one donated to the City of New York on September 21, 2001 in honor of those who gave their lives rescuing others in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The statue at Wyuka is the central feature of a tribute section for all firefighters and their families.

“The heroism firefighters showed on 9-11 has been an inspiration for all of us,” said Governor Johanns. “This is an opportunity for all Nebraskans to show their appreciation for the heroism of all the firefighters in our state.”

“Lincoln is blessed to be the home of Wyuka, Nebraska’s only State Cemetery,” said Mayor Wesely. “This memorial adds to the beauty and historical significance of Wyuka and is a fitting tribute to our brave firefighters who risk their lives for us everyday.”

The Memorial will be dedicated in ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 25. Hy-Vee, the Nebraska Firefighters and the Wyuka Historical Foundation are hosting a free picnic at Wyuka Park before the ceremonies from 11 a.m to 12:45 p.m.

Co-Chairs of the fund-raising campaign are Mike Spadt, Chief of the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department, and Mike Munger President of Firefighters Union Local 644. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to Nebraska Firefighters Memorial, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68510. Plaques on the memorial will feature the names of major donors. Memorial t-shirts, medallions and walkway pavers are also available. For more information, see the Wyuka web site at or call 474-3600.

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