ARLINGTON - The Texas Rangers announced plans Monday to honor the memory of Shannon Stone, the firefighter who sustained fatal injuries in a fall at a game this season, with a life-size bronze statue depicting Stone and his son, Cooper.
“We feel that this statue will be a most fitting tribute,” said Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan in a press release. “It will not only serve to honor Mr. Stone’s memory but also to recognize Rangers fans and baseball fans everywhere."
Ryan also said he discussed the project with the Stone family and they will have input in the design and creation of the statue.
According to the press release the statue, tentatively titled "Rangers Fans", will be on display outside the home plate gate of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in time for the 2012 season. It will depict the father and son at a Rangers game.
Shannon Stone was the Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who sustained fatal injuries on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington when he fell while reaching for an out-of-play ball.
Jenny Stone, the widow of Mr. Stone, issued a statement in regards to the statue.
“We continue to be appreciative of Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers as we deal with the loss of Shannon," Jenny Stone said. "Shannon and Cooper had a special relationship, and we are touched and grateful that it will be memorialized at one of their favorite places. Our hope is that this statue will not be a symbol of our family tragedy but rather a reminder of the importance of a family's love - love of each other, love of spending time together, and love of the game.”