Texas volunteer firefighter memorial needs room

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A memorial to Texas volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty has run out of room to add names.

The State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas seeks to expand the memorial built in 1896 that shows a firefighter holding a baby.

The April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West left 14 people dead. Most of the victims were volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders.

The Austin American-Statesman ((http://bit.ly/18KFjfP ) reported Tuesday that the association is working with the State Preservation Board to put new names on pieces of granite. The board has final say over changes to the memorial on the Texas Capitol grounds.

Association executive director Chris Barron says his group would need to come up with the funding.

New names were last added in 2011.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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